Forest Stewardship Council Certification in Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah, Ajman, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Fujairah UAE
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FSC is an international membership organization with a governance structure based on participation, democracy, equity and transparency. It is a platform for forest owners, timber industries, social groups, and environmental organizations to come together to find solutions to improve forest management practices.
It is governed by its members, who join either as individuals or as representatives of organizations; they come from diverse backgrounds including environmental NGOs, the timber trade, community forest groups, and forest certification organizations. Members apply to join one of three chambers – environmental, social and economic; each chamber is divided into northern and southern sub-chambers and votes are weighted to ensure that north and south each have 50%; this system is designed to ensure that influence is shared equally between different interest groups, without having to limit the number of members.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC does this by setting standards on forest products, along with certifying and labeling them as eco-friendly.
Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) forest management certification strengthens your position in the marketplace – guaranteeing your customers that products from your forestry operations meet the world’s most stringent environmental, economic, and social standards for responsible forest management.
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Ascent WORLD offers guidance and consultancy services for achieving FSC certification to all types and sizes of forest operations including private companies, government forestry agencies, timberland investment management organizations, and community forests, as well as individual and groups of small landowners.
- Forest Management for single-site or multi-site: A forest management entity with one or several sites operating under a single forest management plan.
- Small and Low Intensity Managed Forests (SLIMF): Streamlined certification protocols for small operators or groups of operators with low harvest levels or under a regionally-specified size limit.
- Group Certification: Certification protocols for multiple landowners or forest managers seeking certification under one certificate, under the direction of a group manager.
- Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP): Certification protocols for operations that harvest non-timber forest products, such as ornamentals and consumables.
FSC runs a global forest certification system with 3 key components:
- Forest Management
- Chain of Custody
- Control Wood
What is forest certification?
As a forest manager or owner, certification is a way of ensuring that your careful and long-term forest management is recognized. Certification is voluntary. It involves an audit of forest’s management by an independent organisation to check that it meets internationally and nationally agreed standards of responsible forest management. Forest products like timber can then carry the FSC label, guaranteeing that it comes from a well-managed forest and enabling you to pass on the benefits of certification to your customers.
Forest Management (FM) certification is a market-based conservation initiative that aims to promote the environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of forests. The idea behind certification is straightforward. A logging company demonstrates to operate with high standards both in ecological and socio-economic aspects related to forest management. Consequently, it obtains the approval of a third-party certifying agency and thereby gains access to markets willing to pay higher prices for sustainably harvested forest products.
Some Facts about FSC Certification:
- FSC is the oldest certification scheme (in place since 1993),
- FSC is the main scheme being used for certifying tropical natural forests,
- The FSC scheme is considered to be the complete one, and
- Results of the evaluation process are published on public summaries that are available online.
Forest Managers or owners who want to prove that their forest operations are socially beneficial and managed in an environmentally appropriate and economically viable manner can apply for forest management (FM) certification.
Commercial plantations, which could range from a few acres (hectares) to thousands of acres (hectares), are owned and managed by individuals, farmers, companies, co-operatives or other such organizations. These plantations, in many cases, have environmental and social problems. FSC certification for plantations initiates improvement in forest management practices and leads to sound environmental practices, socially beneficial and economically viable plantation forest stewardship. FSC certification of commercial cultivations like that of teak, eucalyptus, rubber plantations, captive plantations of paper manufacturing companies may lead to a good business case for owners of such plantations.
What is Chain of Custody Certification?
Chain of custody certification from forest to end-user ensures that FSC materials and products have been checked at every stage of processing so that customers purchasing FSC labeled products can be confident that they are genuinely FSC certified.
FSC ensures traceability of products from the forests to the point of sale. Products that are manufactured from responsibly harvested forests are identified with the FSC logo, which is considered the “gold standard” of forest certification by major environmental groups.
FSC Chain of Custody certification verifies FSC certified forest products through the production chain. Chain of Custody (CoC) is a channel through which products are distributed from their origin in the forest to their end-use.
The FSC CoC tracks FSC certified material through the production process – from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing, and distribution.
Why should I get FSC CoC Certified?
If you are a Company, who wishes to demonstrate to their customers, that you use responsibly produced raw materials to manufacture your products, such that it holds positive environmental attributes and that the timber has been sourced from sustainably managed forests.
With FSC Chain of Custody certificate, you gain the right to use the FSC logo and trademarks both on your products and in company communications.
The certification label helps both businesses and retail customers make purchasing decisions that support sound forest management.
FSC Chain of Custody helps companies to strengthen their sourcing policies and comply with public or private procurement policies where FSC is the preferred option.
Who is FSC CoC for?
FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) certification is for companies that manufacture, process or trade in timber or non-timber forest products.
If you are a Timber Trader, Plywood Manufacturer, Veneer Manufacturer, Laminate Manufacturer, Furniture Manufacturer, Paper Manufacturer, Printer, Wooden Handicraft industry or Importer and Exporter of any timber related products or any other product manufacturer you could get FSC CoC Certified.
Control Wood (CW)
FSC controlled wood is timber-based forest material that has undergone a formal risk assessment process in line with FSC’s controlled wood standards and has been found to be at a low risk of not meeting five of the most fundamental FSC principles.
FSC controlled wood risk categories (unacceptable sources) include:
- Illegally harvested wood;
- Wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights;
- Wood from forests in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities;
- Wood from forests being converted to plantations and non-forest use; and
- Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.
Limited amounts of controlled wood can be included in FSC Mix products.
Forest Management companies that comply with the five FSC Controlled Wood criteria will be able to supply FSC Controlled Wood to FSC Chain of Custody operations. FSC Controlled Wood supports the production of FSC Mixed Sources by providing FSC certified companies with tools to control the non-FSC certified wood in their product groups to avoid the wood produced in socially and environmentally most damaging ways.