Submitted: The Two Sides Team March 7, 2013
In recognition of the critical role that family forests play in responsible forest management worldwide, FSC International recently organized an advisory group to develop a long-term strategy for increasing capacity, value and supply from this landowner class.
March 1, 2013
via Forest Stewardship Council
In recognition of the critical role that family forests play in
responsible forest management worldwide, FSC International recently
organized an advisory group to develop a long-term strategy for
increasing capacity, value and supply from this landowner class.
as smallholders in most other countries, this group owns a substantial
share of the worlds forests, but their holdings are divided into small
acreages and typically lack good support infrastructure. They often do
not have the economy of scale or access to FSC markets to gain enough
value from certification without support.
At the same time,
smallholders have much to gain from FSC certification. FSC provides a
framework for improving environmental practices and encouraging safe
working conditions, supporting local economies, protecting land and use
rights, and safeguarding high conservation values. FSC can also be a
positive intervention in the value chain, helping smallholders access
better markets and add value to their products.
Over the next
five years, FSC plans to streamline processes around the world and
deliver on strategies to achieve the following outcomes:
- Increase the financial, environmental, and social benefit to smallholders.
- Reduce the cost of certification for smallholders.
- Reduce “leakage” in the FSC supply chains by maintaining materials within the Chain of Custody.
- Increase collaboration among FSC offices and partners to support smallholders.
- Improve capacity of smallholders, group managers and national offices.
- Increase the demand for FSC-certified products from smallholders.
the next six months, the advisory group will develop the strategy and
help educate FSC stakeholders on a range of resources and options. The
group includes representation from all of FSCs global regions and
FSC-US Director of Business Development, Ian Hanna, is co-representing
North America, along with Orrin Quinn of Ecotrust in Canada. Both have
extensive experience as FSC forest management group certificate managers
and will ensure the unique circumstances of family forest ownership in
North America are represented.