FSC releases draft standard for public consultation
By Cindy Macdonald
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Canada has introduced a draft national forest management standard that aims to be proactive and comprehensive in advancing current practice.
“FSC Canada’s four-chamber approach to standards development ensures that certificate holders and buyers of FSC certified products are part of the solution to address challenging issues such as conservation, economic prosperity and community engagement,” explains Francois Dufresne, president of FSC Canada.
Significant adaptations in this standard include the reconciliation of Aboriginal Rights in forest management planning, protection of endangered species and recognition of progressive labour practices whilst confirming that forests are essential to sustain rural and northern livelihoods.
“Providing a necessary yet workable approach to fostering relationships for mutual benefit is key,” notes Brenda St. Denis, Aboriginal Chamber, FSC. “You don’t always get 100% but for the most part we are able to come to an understanding. FSC allows different groups in the forest to take a path to collaboration.”
Environmental Chamber representative, Pier-Olivier Boudreault states, “Forests are vital to the future of our planet. We’re optimistic that FSC’s new standard will play a strong role in addressing issues that no other forest certification system covers, such as woodland caribou conservation and free, prior and informed consent from First Nations.”
This draft of the standard is the culmination of a three-year process involving dozens of individuals and organizations across Canada. A final version of the standard is set to be completed by December 2016.
FSC Canada encourages all interested parties to review the standard during the consultation period which ends at midnight local time on February 2, 2016.
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A discussion paper addressing Intact Forest Landscapes in Canada will be issued for public consultation in the upcoming weeks.