The Forest Stewardship Council is proud to announce the launch of a comprehensive new standard for responsible forest management in Canada.
After six years of rigorous consultation with industry, environment, and social stakeholders and indigenous groups, the new standard targets the most pressing issues threatening Canadian forests today, including the woodland caribou crisis; the rights of indigenous peoples; workers’ rights including gender equity; conservation; and landscape management.
As of the effective date of January 1st, 2020, certificate holders will have until June 30, 2021 to transition to the new standard. Within the transition period, certificate holders can choose to be evaluated to the current forest management regional standards or the revised National Forest Management Standard for its first evaluation. But all certificate holders will be evaluated against the revised National Forest Management Standard within that period.
If you didn’t have the chance to participate in one of our ‘Introduction to FSC Canada’s New Forest Management Standard’ webinars this week, we now have a recorded versions available.