FSC Canada is pleased to announce the launch of its new Forest Stewardship Standard for users qualifying as small-scale, low-intensity or community forests. This standard is tailored by including indicators to meet the unique needs of small, low-intensity managed forests (SLIMF) and community forests in Canada. It features fewer requirements and less costs and complexities compared to The FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard of Canada while still maintaining the rigorous environmental and social standards that FSC is known for.

Effective from January 1, 2024, this standard reflects FSC Canada’s commitment to inclusivity, sustainability, and community engagement. Key highlights include:

  1. Less Burden, More Benefits: By simplifying requirements, we are making it easier for small, low-intensity managed forests and communities to achieve FSC certification. This will reduce costs and administrative complexities, allowing these groups to focus on sustainable practices and community development.
  2. Gender Equality: The standard places a strong emphasis on gender equality, promoting fair opportunities for all individuals in the forest and community management process. Read more.