Monday | May 5th     13.15 - 14.45

Governance: Moving certification to the landscape level with ecosystem services

Hosted by Forest Stewardship Council


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A landscape-based approach to forest management combining sustainable use of forest resources and the wider land use picture, can optimize the value and function of forests. Forest certification programs can provide a framework for rewarding such good forest management practice, and tools for evaluating performance.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) focused on a certain type of landscape — forests — and is working on adapting to a landscape approach, in particular focusing on ecosystem services.

With the landmark project ForCES – Forest Certification for Ecosystem Services – FSC and partner organizations are working in Indonesia, Vietnam, Nepal and Chile to research, analyze and field test innovative ways to evaluate and reward the provision of critical forest ecosystem services such as biodiversity conservation, watershed protection and carbon storage/sequestration.

Compliance indicators are being developed both at national and international level, and newly developed impact indicators should demonstrate positive outcomes and the achievement of social and environmental objectives and benefits to forest operations and local communities.

Outcomes from the Session:

Presentations from the Session:

ForCES – Forest Certification for Ecosystem Services – A groundbreaking pilot project to expand FSC‘s scope and relevance

Expanding FSC Certification at Landscape Level through incorporating additional ecosystem services

Key questions addressed in this session:

  • How to incorporate ecosystem services into forest management
  • How FSC is adapting to the landscape-based approach to forest management
  • How managers can gain economic benefit from ecosystem services

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