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Plantation management is a critical issue for the world's forests. Whether viewed as a sustainable fibre supply, a carbon sink, a means for taking pressure off native forests, or a chemical-dependent tree farming method, plantations are controversial and often divisive. The Forest Stewardship Council provides a forum to bring these divergent perspectives together and strengthen the global standard for responsible management of plantations.



Certified tree nursery in Mexico.

More than 7 million hectares of plantations and 30 million hectares of mixed forest have been certified to FSC standards. FSC recognizes that the implementation of the FSC Principles and Criteria for plantation management is open to a range of interpretations and can be controversial. FSC members have agreed that FSC's experience with plantations must be reviewed to further improve global management of plantations.

FSC is reviewing the implementation of the FSC Principles and Criteria in plantations. We invite you to become involved in this review and to visit the news section regularly to read about the latest developments on the review process.

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January, 2009

All Expert Teams have conducted their scheduled meetings. All Expert Teams have met three times in 2008. In the course of these meetings the following outputs have been produced.

Expert Team A and B have made proposals for revisions of the Principles and Criteria based on the recommendations in the final report of the Policy Working Group of the Plantations Review (see resources section). Additionally, based on the Policy Working Group recommendations the Teams have developed an Outline for an Ecosystem Integrity Guidance and a draft Social Mangement Handbook. These outputs have been discussed with different stakeholders in Australia, Bolivia, Portugal and South Africa. The proposed revisions of the Principles and Criteria will now be provided as input to the Review and Revision of the Principles and Criteria. The draft Social Management Handbook and Outline of and Ecosystem Integrity Guidance will need some more work before completion.

Expert Team C has developed an Integrated Pest Management Guide which contributes to the implementation of the FSC Pesticides Policy and an Online Resource designed for companies to share strategies for reducing, removing or replacing highly hazardous pesticides. Draft versions of the guide and the online resource had been subject to field trials stakeholder consultation respectively.

Expert Team D completed its analysis of conversion issues and the current cut-off date and possible alternatives to the current approach. The final report is now in the process of being completed. The report will also be provided as input to the Review and Revision of the Principles and Criteria.

December 14, 2007

Expert Team A and C have held their kick off meetings in November at the FSC International Center in Bonn. Expert Team B and D are scheduled to meet in January and early February also in Bonn. The final minutes of Expert Team A's first meeting are available upon request. Please contact Matthias Fecht at m.fecht @fsc.org.

11 September 2007

The members of 4 Technical Expert Teams, which will further develop the recommendations of the Policy Working Group, were appointed by the Board of Directors. The expert teams are:

Expert Team A - Raising the Bar on Social Responsibility

Ms. Camila Godinho (Brazil), Mr. Dominic Mitchell (South Africa), Mr. German Schaub (Chile), Mr. Chris van Dam (Argentina). Further details on the tasks and of the team and team members can be downloaded here.

Expert Team B - Maintaining Ecosystem Integrity

Mr. Antti Marjokorpi (Finland), Mr. Luis Neves Silva (Portugal), Mr. Michael Houser (USA), Mr. Ricardo Rodrigues (Brazil), Mr. Rodolphe Schlaepfer (Switzerland), Mr. Steve Germishuizen (South Africa). Further details on the tasks and of the team and team members can be downloaded here.

Expert Team C - Continuous Improvement Approach to Chemicals

Carlos Frederico Wilcken (Brazil), Ian Willoughby (Great Britain), Kevin O’Grady (Australia), Philip Ivey (South Africa). Further details on the tasks and of the team and team members can be downloaded here.

Expert Team D - Investigating the Impacts of FSC Criterion 10.9

Ms. Ivy Wong (Malaysia), Mr. Jim Sandom (Great Britain), Mr. John Palmer (Great Britain), Mr. Paulo Kageyama (Brazil). Further details on the tasks and of the team and team members can be downloaded here.

July 16, 2007

Thank you to all who replied to our Call for Technical Experts for the technical phase of the FSC Plantations Review. The Executive Committee of the FSC Board of Directors will be selecting the members of the Technical Expert Teams in the following weeks. Once the decisions are made and the applicants are notified, the members of each team will be announced on this website.

Further information on next steps of the technical review phase is available on the Review Process page.

April 20, 2007

The technical phase of the Plantations Review is about to begin. The FSC Board of Directors approved the final recommendations from the Policy Working Group for the technical phase at their 44th meeting held in mid-March at the FSC International Centre. FSC is now looking for interested individuals to actively participate in this final technical phase by volunteering as a Technical Expert.

The technical phase of the Plantations Review requires four teams of technical experts who will further develop these recommendations, into final technical solutions. Outcomes of the technical phase will include revised requirements and practical handbooks, models, best practice guidelines, and online tools and resources.

To guarantee practical solutions to the issues and concerns identified in the Policy Review, Technical Experts should have in-depth knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas in relation to different scales of forest and plantation management in the North and South: community and indigenous peoples rights; forest workers issues; corporate-community relations; integrated pest management; ecosystem conservation; and conversion of natural ecosystems to plantation.

Further information about the tasks of the technical teams and how to apply is available here. If you have questions or would like to submit your expression of interest and CV for one of the expert teams please contact Sarah McKay at plantations@fsc.org.

November 16, 2006

The final report of the FSC Plantations Review Policy Working Group was presented to the FSC Board of Directors at their 43rd meeting in Bonn last week. Please click here to view a letter from FSC's Executive Director, Mr. Heiko Liedeker, which outlines the decisions taken by the Board. The final report is available on the Resources page of this site.

This final report of the Policy Working Group includes their recommendations for the Technical Phase of the Plantations Review, which were based on global-wide stakeholder consultation conducted by the 12 members of the working group over the past 19 months. Details on the procedures, activities and timeline of the Technical Review will be posted on this site in early 2007.

October 23, 2006

The Policy Working Group for the FSC Plantations Review held their final meeting in September 2006. Their final report on their plantations policy review will be available on November 13. This report includes the Group's recommendations for the technical phase of the review, which will be presented to the FSC Board of Directors for approval in March 2007.

October 11, 2006

A summary of the received responses to the Policy Working Group's draft recommendations in July, is now available on the Resources page of this site.

On October 23rd the final recommendations of the Group will be posted and widely circulated for a 60 day period of public consultation. The Group's recommendations on next steps for the Plantations Review will be submitted to the FSC Board of Directors at their first meeting in 2007 for approval, together with any comments received during the Oct - Dec 2006 consultation period.

August 25, 2006

The online public consultation is now closed. Thank you to all of you who provided your feedback on the Policy Working Group's draft vision and recommendations, as well as your input on the topics which will be discussed at the PWG's final meeting in September. A summary of the feedback received will be available for download on the Resources page of this website in the coming weeks.

The final meeting of the PWG will be held in Bonn at the FSC International Center, September 6-8th. A report on the complete first phase of the FSC Plantations Review will be published in November 2006.

June 29, 2006

Thank you to all of you who have participated in the FSC Plantations Review process! The first phase of the review is now coming to a close, with the final meeting of the Policy Working Group scheduled to take place September 6-9, 2006.

With the help of the comments and feedback received thus far, the members of the working group have drafted a vision for FSC-certified plantations and recommendations to the FSC Board of Directors on next steps of the review.

Please provide the Policy Working Group your feedback. Their draft vision and recommendations, as well as some background information on two outstanding issues for discussion at their final meeting have been published in the form of an online survey, currently available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Please submit your response by July 31st, 2006. CLICK HERE! (deactivated Aug 25) to view the document and submit your response now!

June 8, 2006

The report of the fourth meeting of the Policy Working Group (PWG) for the FSC Plantations Review is now available on the Resources page of this website (English and Spanish).

Later this month a further consultation document will be widely circulated and posted here to solicit feedback on the vision, draft recommendations, and outstanding issues for discussion at the PWG’s final meeting in September. Active participation during this consultation period, of the full diversity of stakeholders interested in and affected by the review, is essential for a successful outcome of the Plantations Review process.  Once the document has been published, we would greatly appreciate your assistance in circulating it within your networks.

To provide formal input to the review please contact the members of the Policy Working Group directly.  Their contact information is available on the Get Involved page of this website.  For questions about the review process, please contact the review facilitator, Anders Lindhe (peltis@swipnet.se).

March 28, 2006

The Plantations Review website has recently been updated with the report from the 3rd meeting of the plantations policy working group, new stakeholder documents, and more. Please visit the Resources and Briefings pages of this website to view or download the documents.

August 31, 2005

Report from the second FSC plantations review Policy Working Group meeting now available on the resources page of this website.

June 1, 2005

Plantations, the challenge ahead. Special issue of News and Notes

FSC has started a full review its policies and standards for plantations. The aim is to involve as many people as possible in order to find a solution that FSC members from all three chambers (environmental, social and economic) can support. In this special issue of the News + Notes newsletter, we present the basic information about how the process will be carry out, a short overview of the study "Perspectives on Plantations", the next steps in the process, how to participate and the faces of people leading the review process. Download the document.

May 11, 2005

The FSC Plantations Policy Review Procedures document has been approved. Download the document.

The Policy Working Group (PWG) has been formed to carry-out the first phase of the FSC Plantations Review. Their first meeting was held at the Sanga-Saby conference centre near Stockholm, Sweden from March 9-11. If you want to contact the PWG members, visit the Get Involved page of this website. Download the Report from the Policy Working Group Meeting.

November 22, 2004

The FSC draft "Plantation Policy Review Procedures" has been posted on the Resources page of this website. Please send any comments to policy.standards @ fsc.org before December 11.

The English and Spanish pages of this website have been updated. Please visit the Resources page to find the Plantations Meeting Summary Report and a collection of papers that have been submitted by stakeholders to the plantations email forum. Also, we have recently added a Frequently Asked Questions page to this site - we hope you find these useful.

September 22, 2004

On September 9, 2004 the Forest Stewardship Council International Center (FSC IC) hosted a Plantations Review Meeting in Bonn, Germany to launch its two-year Plantations Review process. The meeting was attended by more than 100 individuals from over 30 countries, and provided the participants with an opportunity to exchange information, discuss important issues, and provide valuable input into the plantations review process.

The speakers' presentations and a summary of the meeting are available on the Resources page of this website. Also, a list of stakeholder-submitted discussion papers have also been posted on the Resources page.

Please check this website regularly for further information and updates!

 

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