Editor’s pickChina Launches FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard

10-09-2018
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China is the second country in the Asia Pacific region after Nepal to publish a national forest stewardship standard based on the latest version of the FSC Principles & Criteria.

China has published a national forest stewardship standard based on the latest version of the FSC Principles and Criteria (Photo credit: FSC APEC)

The importance of FSC-Certified Forests in China

China imports more wood than any other country in the world. The forests that are FSC-certified in the country are mainly productive forest containing monoculture plantations such as poplar and eucalyptus trees with short rotation periods of five to seven years. FSC-certified forests also include Chinese fir and pine trees plantations with longer rotation up to 25 years. In China, smallholders manage about 2 hectares of forests on average, with some managing as small as 0.1 hectares and some as large as 160 hectares.

Chinese National Forest Stewardship Standard

The new national standard set specific targets for forest managers to work towards sustainable intensification and proactive management of environmental values. It is written by experts in natural conservation, worker’s rights, forest carbon management, poverty alleviation, international trade, and law and legislation.

There are currently over 80 countries working to transfer their national standards from version 4 of the Principles and Criteria to version 5. 70 countries are developing national-level standards around the world and include representation of social, environmental, and economic stakeholders, and is usually supported by an FSC national or regional office. In countries where we don’t have an FSC representative, standards are being developed by FSC-accredited certification bodies and serve as interim national standards.

National Forest Stewardship Standards Development in Asia Pacific at a Glance