The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is reviewing the principles and criteria underpinning its certification scheme, regarded as the ‘gold standard’ for sustainable forestry management.1
The FSC was set up in 1993 by green groups and sections of the forestry industry. Its original points were approved in 1993 and amended in 1996, 1999 and 2002.
The latest draft was put out for consultation on 20 March. Forest management bodies will be required to maintain or restore ecosystem functions, biological diversity, water and biomass resources, soils, landscape values and ecosystem services, under revisions to principle six.