C10.8.3 FSC continued…


All FSC certified forests must comply with FSC’s rules about how the forests should and should not be managed. When a forester decides to become FSC certified, he or she will make changes to comply with the relevant FSC requirements and become FSC certified. This is how FSC has a direct and permanent positive impact on the world’s forests and the people living from, in and around the forest.


Overview of the FSC Principles and Criteria

 Principle 1.

Compliance with all applicable laws and international treaties.

 Principle 2.

Demonstrated and uncontested, clearly defined, long–term land tenure and use rights.

 Principle 3.

Recognition and respect of indigenous peoples’ rights.

 Principle 4.

Maintenance or enhancement of long-term social and economic well-being of forest workers and local communities and respect of worker’s rights in compliance with International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions.

 Principle 5.

Equitable use and sharing of benefits derived from the forest.

 Principle 6.

Reduction of environmental impact of logging activities and maintenance of the ecological functions and integrity of the forest.

 Principle 7.

Appropriate and continuously updated management plan.

 Principle 8.

Appropriate monitoring and assessment activities to assess the condition of the forest, management activities and their social and environmental impacts.

 Principle 9.

Maintenance of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) defined as environmental and social values that are considered to be of outstanding significance or critical importance.

 Principle 10.

In addition to compliance with all of the above, plantations must contribute to reduce the pressures on and promote the restoration and conservation of natural forests.

Further information is available on the FSC website: www.fsc.org

Source: FSC: www.fsc.org