News & Updates

Tuesday, 01. July 2014
FSC Updates: Completed Activities


• FSC kicked off ES certification market assessments in order to assess the requirements of buyers and players for the following ES markets: carbon, ecotourism, protected areas, water and REDD+. Result of these market analyses will be available by the end of July and will be presented at the FSC General Assembly in September.
• FSC further refined the types of certification model that can potentially be tested through ForCES. Certification models can be either single (FSC certification alone, with a broader check list for two of the FSC principles and criteria – high conservation value forests (HCVF) and environmental assessment) and or dual (certificate holders rely on external schemes for verification of the provision of ecosystem services, particularly for carbon). All ForCES partners indicated that they preferred working with the single certification model even if it means that they can not pursue payment from carbon through the issue of carbon credits.
• The mid-term review (MTR) started in May with the goal of improving implementation and performance during the second half of the project, based on a review of progress and achievements. ForCES project managers drafted mid-term reviews and MTR team leader Peter Sprang visited Bonn to assess FSC project implementation. The MTR process includes a visit to each project country in order to evaluate implementation. Alison von Ketteler was in Chile 26–30 May, Gregory Jean was in Indonesia 15–19 June and visited the Kapuas Hulu ecotourism site, and Chris Henschel was in Vietnam 25–28 of June.
• Alison von Ketteler accompanied the MTR process in Chile, which included a presentation of the national ES market analysis by INFOR in Santiago and visits to two ForCES pilot sites: Mechaico (watershed management) and Carahue (medicinal plant conservation and collection, pictured below). Over the first 2.5 years of the project, activities to further assess what kind of benefit and certification model can be tested in each site have progressed well. During the next 1.5 years, the project will focus on implementing the systems it has developed.