FSC Forest Stewardship Council
Member: Society Free
Charles de Gaulle Straße 5, 53113 Bonn, Germany
FSC: Momentum continues towards harmonizing HCV management practices throughout the FSC System
In late June in Bonn, a group of technical experts working on advancing best practices for managing and maintaining high conservation values (HCVs) in FSC-certified forests identified case studies with concrete examples of best management practices of HCVs.
HCVs in forests are more valuable in terms of biodiversity values, ecological values, and importance for local people than in terms of industrial timber. FSC dedicates an entire principle to the maintenance of HCVs (i.e., Principle 9 of the FSC Principles and Criteria
Ensuring quality and consistency throughout the world’s FSC-certified forests is a challenge. So to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our standards, a group of experts ranging from endangered species to IFLs, ecosystems, Indigenous Peoples, and culturally valuable sites is developing proper practice guidelines for maintaining and protecting high conservation values (HCVs) in FSC-certified forests. This group is known as the ‘HCV technical working group’ and the scope of their work includes intact forest landscapes (IFLs).
At their latest meeting in June in Bonn, the ‘HCV technical working group’ identified case studies with concrete examples of best management practices of HCVs and, they analysed the comments received from an online consultation with stakeholders that ended in January and will further refine the tools being developed by the end of 2018. The tools under development are here.
Additionally, the technical working group developed a set of indicators that standard setters and standard development groups must consider for managing and protecting intact forest landscapes (IFLs).These indicators were approved in October 2017 but are being published and are now available.
Click here to read more about this project, including the members of the working group, planned activities, and next steps.