Wednesday, 23. March 2016
The Development of an Ecosystem Services Procedural Document is Off to a Good Start

Participants of the first "FSC-PRO-30-002 Demonstrating the Impact of Forest Stewardship on Ecosystem Services" technical working group meeting

The recently appointed technical working group for the development of "FSC-PRO-30-002 Demonstrating the Impact of Forest Stewardship on Ecosystem Services" held its first meeting in Bonn from 2 to 4 March 2016.

"Each member brought unique and valuable perspectives to the meeting: views from certification bodies on how new approaches need to fit FSC’s current system; insights from existing ecosystem services certification schemes on the enabling conditions for payments; opinions on the real demands on timber companies for sustainability data; and thoughts on the needs of smallholders for a simple and credible approach,” said FSC Ecosystem Services Programme Manager, Chris Henschel.

The purpose of the meeting was to design the impact evaluation that will form the backbone of the procedure and the basis for FSC promotional claims for the maintenance or enhancement of ecosystem services. The group also confirmed the principal contents of the procedure, and a work plan for the coming months.

Many of the group’s discussions re-affirmed the strength of the existing FSC system, and that new tools from FSC to support payments for ecosystems services could be transformational. The meeting also re-affirmed the need for strong linkages between this project and other parts of FSC, including the Quality Assurance Unit, the Business Development Unit, and the FSC Network.

The three intense days of work concluded with a shared feeling of excitement about the capabilities and dynamic of the group and satisfaction with the work done. Future dates for online conferences were agreed upon, as well as the date for the next in-person meeting, which will take place 14–16 June 2016 in Hamburg, Germany.

For more information, please check our current processes page or contact Rosario Galán, or Chris Henschel,