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Friday, 03. March 2017
Call for Public Consultation on FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard (NFSS) field tested draft for Nepal

Comments on FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard (Field tested draft) for Nepal are welcome

Period of consultation: March 04, 2017 – May 03, 2017

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organization devoted to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC National Forest Stewardship Standards (NFSS) provide a basis for parties wanting to make claims that forest management practices have no adverse impacts.

The NFSS for Nepal provides benchmarks (indicators) for interested parties to manage their forests environmentally appropriate: the production of timber, non-timber products and ecosystem services maintains the forest’s biodiversity, productivity and ecological processes; socially beneficial: forest management helps both local people and society at large to enjoy long term benefits and therefore provides strong incentives to sustain forest resources and adhere to long-term management plans; economically viable: forest operations are structured and managed so as to be sufficiently profitable, without generating financial profit at the expense of the forest resources, the ecosystem or affected communities. The tension between the need to generate adequate financial returns and the principles of responsible forest operations can be reduced through efforts to market forest products for their best value.

Thus, the SDG Nepal is seeking comments on the NFSS field tested draft for Nepal. In order to produce the field tested draft, SDG worked and produced NFSS draft (1.0); shared the draft (1.0) for the public consultation; produced NFSS draft (2.0) incorporating the inputs from the public consultation; tested NFSS draft (2.0) in the field in collaboration with FSC certification body-Rainforest Alliance/Wood Cert; and incorporated the inputs from field testing to produce this NFSS field tested draft.

All formal comments will be considered to develop a relevant and applicable standard, which takes into account existing environmental, social and economic perspectives.

Documents are available in English and a Nepali version will also be available: here.