FSC engagement and certification in the Congo Basin

 

The FSC inform on recent developments related to its engagement and activities in the Congo Basin - The titles of the article: (1) High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs); (2) Discussion on preconditions to FSC certification (3) Accreditation Services International (ASI) audits (4) Regional standard for the Congo Basin (5) Mediating understanding between parties.

 

Please download the PDF version of the article: HERE

 


docs/news/Mai - Juillet 2011/FSC side event-DG FSC.jpg

1. High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) FSC is working on guidance on High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF) and the way Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) are considered within this concept. An Expert Group, including two Greenpeace International staff members, is contributing to the devel-opment of this guidance. A draft of the guidance was already discussed at the FSC General Assembly at the open HCV side meeting. We expect the HCVF guidance to be going out for public consultation shortly, and that the guidance will be finalized by the end of 2011.

 

2. Discussion on preconditions to FSC certification FSC has produced a discussion paper on high risk areas and potential pre-conditions and safeguards for FSC certification. This paper is to discuss what preconditions or additional safeguards are necessary for credible certification in places where some key elements may be absent (e.g. land use planning, poor governance). FSC has already re-ceived constructive feedback from Greenpeace on a first draft, and has now circulated a draft of this paper to the membership for wider consultation and comment.

 

3. Accreditation Services International (ASI) audits Given the different perceptions about the quality of FSC certification in the Congo Basin, FSC has re-quested that ASI audits all the FM and CW/FM cases in the Congo Basin, focusing on ‘on the ground’ performance and on key issues such as HCV, community relations and legality. The audits will be con-ducted in 2011 and the first audit is scheduled for 13 – 24 September 2011, in the CIB concession in the Republic of Congo. The rest of the audits will take place between September and December 2011, and ASI is now in the process of arranging these with the certification bodies and certificate holders.

 

4. Regional standard for the Congo Basin The FSC regional Congo Basin standard draft has largely been completed. There are few but important remaining issues, such as HCV Guidance. The interna-tional guidance on HCV (see above, point 1) will be used to assist in the interpretation of HCV in the Congo Basin context. The stakeholder consultation on the basics of the standard is finalised and the draft is now being evaluated by PSU.

 

5. Mediating understanding between parties FSC is working to organize field visits to both certified and uncertified forests in order to gain firsthand experience on what is happening on the ground in the Congo Basin. Key stakeholders from diverse interests and backgrounds have shown great interest in this opportunity. FSC will continue to liaise with all parties on the issues at hand, and involve key part-ners.

 

 

Pour de plus amples information, bien vouloir contacter M. Alison Kriscenski, Directeur de la Communication du FSC, +49 (0) 228 367 6619, a.kriscenski@fsc.org

 

Photo: 4. GA FSC: Plenary session (Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (Malaisie) - June 26th - July 1st 2011) -

 

 

Go back

CBFP News

Thegef-Evaluation of the GEF CSO Network Approach Paper

This evaluation will be the second evaluation of the Network and will follow up on recommendations and actions stemming from a 2005 GEF evaluation of the NGO Network as well as explore new features. Based on a literature review of approaches for evaluating CSO/NGO networks and coalitions, this paper presents the evaluation objectives followed by a history of the development of the GEF CSO Network and its structures for engagement with the GEF partnership; methods and limitations for review of the Network’s performance, relevance, effectiveness and results in promoting knowledge exchange and public involvement.

Read more …

Fern-NGOs call for FLEGT Action Plan to be strengthened

A group of NGOs, including Fern, has issued a briefing paper calling on the EU to strengthen the measures contained in the FLEGT Action Plan as a way of tackling illegal logging. The briefing is the NGOs’ contribution to the policy debate related to the evaluation of the FLEGT Action Plan, the review of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), and the EU’s commitment to halt deforestation and restore degraded forests by 2020.

Read more …

The 'virtual economy' of REDD+ projects: does private certification of REDD+ projects ensure their environmental integrity?

Certification standard bodies in climate governance are assumed to function as independent third parties agencies in transactions, providing trust and transparency to ensure that the calculation of carbon credits is reliable. This article investigates the validity of this assumption for the voluntary forest carbon market by analysing the environmental credibility of baseline scenarios of two certified REDD+ projects, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (the Maï Ndombe REDD+ Project) and in Madagascar (The CAZ REDD+ Project).

Read more …

GRASP Ambassador Joins UN Illegal Trade Campaign

Asian supermodel Nadya Hutagalung joined A-list celebrities to launch a United Nations campaign against the illegal trade in wildlife that is pushing species to the brink of extinction, robbing countries of their natural heritage and profiting international criminal networks.

Read more …

Namanews- Bringing Clean Energy to Rural Kenya through Market-based Solutions

Kenya has taken a further step forward in its renewable energy quest with a new NAMA (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action) that focuses on providing energy access to people living in rural Kenya, while at the same time creating and building momentum for a market for clean energy technologies.

Read more …

Unfccc-Enter the Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change Win a Trip to COP22!

Starting today, young people are invited to tell the world how they are shaping a more sustainable future by entering the second annual Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change. The competition, which is being run by Television for the Environment(tve) and is part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Action for Climate Empowerment...

Read more …

Unfccc-Synthesis report on the aggregate effect of intended nationally determined contributions

Updated synthesis report on the aggregate effect of INDCs - published 2 May 2016. The COP, by its decision 1/CP.21, paragraph 19, requested the secretariat to update the synthesis report prepared to decision 1/CP.20, paragraph 16 (b) to include all INDCs communicated by Parties by 4 April 2016, a total of 189 Parties (96% of all Parties to the UNFCCC).

Read more …

List of Recent Climate Funding Announcements

Updating in Interactive Graphic - A number of climate funding announcements by developed country governments, multilateral development banks and multilateral climate funds have been made in the run-up to and at the COP 21 UN climate change conference. The secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has compiled the list below from public sources and produced an interactive user graphic to show the essential details of each. 

Read more …

CBFP News Archive

2016

IUCN Cameroon Program news
Africa Climate Change Fund
Infos Infosylva
Climate Change Daily Feed
Fao –Infos news No.36