To help Small and Community forests attain FSC certification, we are modifying requirements for Small and Low Intensity Managed Forests and for Community Forests that take into account the size, the intensity and the capacity of these operations.
The draft requirements follow the basic forest management certification requirements but have important procedural differences and take into account the size and intensity of these operations. For example, the new smallholder requirements include:
- overall reduction in the number of indicators
- reduced requirements for conservation areas networks
- a modified approach to obtain Free, prior and informed consent for smallholders
- simpler administration processes
- a reduction in the number of external reviews needed
In 2019, FSC Canada launched its new Forest Management Standard which does not have requirements for small-scale, low intensity, and community forests. Developing these requirements will help ensure that these forests can continue to be FSC certified under the new rules as well as provide better access to FSC certification.
The new standard will include scale, intensity and risk indicators that will apply to:
- Community forests
- Low intensity forests
- Small-scale forests.
FSC Canada initiated the development process in 2013 to explore possible requirements for small scale, low intensity and community forests. A first draft of scale, intensity and risk indicators were developed based on the first draft of the forest management standard which was released for a 60 day public consultation period in 2016. However, during the revision of the forest management standard a number of changes took place from draft to draft which made it difficult to adapt scale, intensity and risk indicators in a cohesive manner and thus the work was postponed to once the final forest management standard was complete.
FSC Canada assembled an eight person Standards Development Group, to support the development of a National Forest Management Standard with common indicators. The Standards Development Group was assembled with representation across chambers (Aboriginal Peoples, Social, Environmental and Economic), with an equal number of people in each chamber and consideration for regional representation, gender balance and diversity of experience.
|Social Chamber||Solange Nadeau||New Brunswick/Quebec|
|Brenda Hopkin||British Columbia|
In January 2021, FSC Canada entered the final stage of the standard development process and submitted the standard to FSC International for approval. Over the next few months, FSC Canada will work with FSC International to answer any questions, provide clarifications, and possibly make modifications. We anticipate an approved standard in late 2021 or early 2022.
FSC Canada is pleased to release a summary report with comments received during the second public consultation and results of testing draft 3 indicators. The report will be used by the Standard Development Group to assist in drafting the final version of the Standard prior to its submission to FSC International for approval.
May 26 – July 26, 2020
The draft requirements follow the basic forest management certification requirements but have important procedural differences and take into account the size and intensity of these operations.
August 2 to September 5, 2016
As part of the national Forest Management Standard revision process, FSC Canada developed indicators for small-scale, low intensity, and community forests.
These indicators were not finalized but this draft served to open the door to stakeholders and Aboriginal communities to provide input to ensure all indicators are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound
Regional webinars were held in August 2016 for reviewers to ask further questions about the draft indicators and to tell FSC Canada what aspects of them may need further consideration given their regional contexts.
- Western Canada (formerly BC Small Operators Standard)
August 16, 2016, 8:00 am – 10:00 am PDT
- Ontario/Quebec (formerly GLSL SLIMF indicators)
August 18, 2018, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT
- Quebec (in French)
August 23, 2016, 11:00 am- 1:00 pm EDT
- Maritimes (formerly Maritimes SLIMF standard)
August 25, 2016, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ADT
FSC Canada organized targeted consultation of a draft 2 of the Standard through 3 regional workshops during fall 2019 and early 2020.
- Belleville, Ontario: October 23, 2019
- Truro, Nova Scotia: December 12, 2019
- Quebec City, Quebec: January 22, 2020