Cooperative Program in Forest Certification

Project 4. Motions to the General Assembly of FSC International 2008

Condition: concluded

Goal: To present motions prepared by CPFC on General Assembly of FSC-International.

Context: FSC International held every three years a General Assembly (GA) where are discussed the major issues and trends related to the implementation of the FSC system in the world. The GA is the highest decision-making in the FSC, and brings together representatives of those members of the FSC (companies, NGOs, indigenous movements, unions, etc.) from other countries.

In its 2008 edition, held from 03-07 November in Cape Town (South Africa), approximately 300 representatives of various groups interested in forest certification system FSC of 65 countries have submitted motions to improve the system and discussed issues as governance, the role of National Initiatives, the credibility of the FSC, controlled wood and forests and climate change.

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. Publicity poster of the FSC General Assembly in 2008

Performance of the CPFC: Through a process of uniting the interests of the companies participating in the CPFC and its coordination, some proposals of motions have been established that were presented at the GA, in order to implement and adapt to the tool, the different realities in which it operates, without loss of credibility.

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. Guilherme de Andrade Lopes representing CPFC in GA 2008

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. Votes during the GA 2008

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. Brazilian delegation present in the GA 2008

General Assembly Results: Among the main activities during the General Assembly (GA), deserves a highlight a field trip to the company Mondi, which were seen several areas of pine plantations, work on hydrological analysis, forest harvesting and lectures were presented by the company's technicians on the their respective areas.

Specifically, when dealing with the dynamics of the assembly, there were several meetings of the Economic, Social and Environmental chambers, meetings between these chambers, the side meetings, including a presentation by IPEF on a large scale forestry operations in Brazil, all the other negotiations between the members seeking support for the motions, the job of consolidation of the motions and the dynamics of voting on the Business Session of GA.

Some motions presented by IPEF were withdrawn by understanding that already were being treated in the review process started after the submission of motions, others have been negotiated and merged with motions similar themes, as was the case of the motions of governance and of the National Initiatives and controlled wood.

Main Motions – Controlled Wood

Several motions in GA (22, 23, 24, 25 and 26) dealt with this issue, and no doubt had the greatest impact. The motion 22 was tabled by IPEF.

In short they were proposing in another action, a review of the controlled wood standard (FSC-STD 40-005) so that they became more clear prerogatives to be adopted for this analysis.

Furthermore, the motion 23, more specifically, proposed the gradual elimination of the FSC controlled wood, i.e., the certified products would no longer be composed, mixed, but should contain only FSC certified wood in its production.

These motions were merged, by agreement among its proponents in three chambers and turned on the current motions 23 and 24, whose summary says the following:

Motion 23 - Complete evaluation of system for controlled wood considering:

Put a system in place immediately to monitor, evaluate and document preparation to review the implementation of the system currently in effect, considering the changes in motion 24. Consider for next GA evaluation of the pros and cons of at least the following options:

  1. Completely eliminate the CW from FSC system.
  2. Developing a better system of standards of CW to make it more concrete greater awareness of FSC certification throughout the chain, as part of a program of specific focus.
  3. Develop an alternative to CW who credits a firmer knowledge of FSC certification and ensure better market access for forest communities.

Motion 24 – Improving implementation of CW standard:

The FSC will provide guidance, training and support National Initiatives that lead to specific risk assessments of national and sub-national, recognizing that this requires funding and resources.

  1. To increase transparency, the FSC will provide guidance on appropriate consultation of interest groups, according to the size and intensity of the CW source.
  2. For greater transparency the FSC will facilitate the review and ongoing maintenance of a global database of risk assessments for all categories of CW.
  3. The FSC will allow guidance and clarification on the interpretation and implementation of the concept of forests of high conservation value within the standard CW.

The other global issues of the motions were:

Review of principles and criteria, chain of custody and Brand FSC, SLIMFs (Small and Low Intensity Forest Managed) - certification of small, conflict resolution, general aspects related to the FSC Policy and Standards, accreditation system, National Initiatives, among others.

A strong argument of the main NGOs to rule out the controlled wood from FSC certification system is that in certain situations, especially regarding the wood originated from natural forests, the lack of clarity in the current standard wooden controlled, could allow materials uncontrolled and often illegal timber can be considered as being controlled and able to compose a FSC certified product.

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