The FSC Plantations Review is a two-phased process. In the policy review phase - which began in March 2005 - the deep, underlying policy issues were identified and their solutions debated by a Board-endorsed Policy Working Group of northern and southern representatives of each FSC membership chamber. The policy review phase was completed in March 2007 when the FSC Board of Directors approved the final recommendations of the Policy Working Group for next steps in the technical review phase.
Now, in the second phase of the review, teams of Technical Experts will help to further develop the policy recommendations into practical handbooks, guidelines, and online tools and resources to assist forest and plantation managers to comply with FSC's social requirements and best environmental practices. Technical Experts will also support the upcoming review of the FSC Principles and Criteria, providing input to the discussions of the Working Group that will be set up for this purpose.