Making international standards more credible: The case of the FSC forest management label

Piketty Marie-Gabrielle, Garcia Drigo Isabel, Romero Claudia, Tabi Eckebil Paule Pamela. 2019. Making international standards more credible: The case of the FSC forest management label. Perspective (50) : pp. 1-4.

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Abstract : The global organisation Forest Stewardship Council (FSC International) regulates the FSC forest management label, which is translated into national standards according to the context in each country. The initial version of the Principles and Criteria for this label, published in 1994, was revised and, in 2015, new Principles and Criteria were published, along with a list of generic indicators. This new version should be used to update national standards. This issue of Perspective proposes recommendations for drafting these new national standards and reviewing certain audit procedures. The study's recommendations are illustrated with specific cases in Brazil, Indonesia and the countries of the Congo Basin. Indicators for the new national standards need to minimise any scope for interpretation during certification audits. Audits should no longer accept recurrence of the same non-conformities, even when these issues are minor. With Gabon announcing in September 2018 the obligation to obtain FSC certification in order to allocate or maintain forest concessions from 2020 onwards, it is important to reduce existing weaknesses in this certification.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Forêt, certification des forêts, labelling [EN], protection de la forêt, Aménagement forestier

Mots-clés complémentaires : Concession

Classification Agris : K01 - Forestry - General aspects
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
D50 - Legislation

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 1 (2019-) - Biodiversité

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Piketty Marie-Gabrielle, CIRAD-ES-UPR GREEN (COL) - auteur correspondant
  • Garcia Drigo Isabel, Universidade de São Paulo (BRA)
  • Romero Claudia, University of Florida (USA)
  • Tabi Eckebil Paule Pamela, CIFOR (CMR)

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