FSC aims for "simpler, cheaper" certification of small woodlands

FSC UK (the Forest Stewardship Council United Kingdom) has launched a new initiative to encourage uptake of its certification for small woodlands.

Image: Andrew Bowden (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Image: Andrew Bowden (CC BY-SA 2.0)

It says it intends to develop "a simple, straightforward standard for the management of small woodlands based on the FSC Principles", and is looking for individuals representing environmental, social and economic interests to assist in this.

The certification body is targeting small forest producers and woodlands held by local communities, regardless of whether or not they are used for wood harvesting.

A survey last year found that many owners of small woodlands were reluctant to seek certification due to a perception of too much paperwork, complex standard requirements and high costs.

"With this initiative we aim to make certification lighter on paperwork, simpler, and cheaper, while still maintaining the credibility that stakeholders expect from FSC, which we hope to achieve through a careful assessment of risks and opportunities," it said.

Those interested in being involved in the process are asked to contact Owen Davies at owen@fsc-uk.org by 29 June.

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