More Old Growth Forest Protections from the FSC

By Rhett A. Butler
Rhett A. Butler
Rhett A. Butler
September 16, 2014 Updated: September 16, 2014
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has passed a motion to increase protection of old-growth forests.

Motion 65, a measure proposed by Greenpeace, passed with over 90 percent support from FSC members. The motion specifically increases protection of Intact Forest Landscapes, which Greenpeace defines as “remaining large unfragmented areas within the forest zone, undisturbed by roads or other significant human infrastructure.”

Greenpeace, which over the past year has stepped up its campaign to push FSC to establish stronger forest protection measures, immediately welcomed the results.

“For us it’s a huge step forward to see this very strong commitment from the General Assembly towards addressing IFLs in the FSC system and FSC playing a very positive role towards protection, but also looking at the economic and social aspects, in particular Indigenous rights,” said Grant Rosoman, Greenpeace Global Forest Solutions Coordinator. “So we’ll still need to wait to see the implementation over the next one or two years of how this is actually put in place on the ground, but for us it’s a huge step forward and just to see how we work together here at the General Assembly to reconcile the quite diverse interests and attitudes toward this issue. So we are very happy.”

The General Assembly is held every three years to establish and revise criteria that underpin the FSC’s certification standard, which aims to reduce the negative social and environmental impact of forestry products. A full list of this year’s motions can be found at the General Assembly website.

FSC is a multistakeholder initiative, including social, environmental, and economic chambers with a range of members from civili society to business. Some 183 million hectares in 80 countries have been certified by FSC.

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