A look back at the ATIBT motion 23 adopted at the FSC GA – ATIBT

Following the adoption of Motion 23 on IFL (Intact Forest Landscapes) at the FSC General Assembly last week, FSC published an article on the topic. We relay it here.

Credit photos  : Precious Woods

 

FSC members pass a motion to ramp up landscape-level conservation of Intact Forest Landscapes and Indigenous Cultural Landscapes at the FSC General Assembly 2021-2022

 

The Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) global membership has defined a new way forward in the protection of Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) and Indigenous Cultural Landscapes (ICLs) in FSC certified areas and the adjacent forest landscape.

 

Intact forest landscapes (IFLs) are large unfragmented forest areas, undisturbed by roads or other industrial infrastructure, in which there has been no industrial timber harvesting in the past 30-70 years. They are recognized for their value in FSC's Core Principles.

 

The new approach combines requirements for protection of IFLs inside the certified areas with a focus on the status of IFLs in the surrounding landscape. It also requires recognition of the territories of Indigenous Peoples as so-called Indigenous Cultural Landscapes (ICLs). The approach is based on collaboration with key stakeholders, including concession holders and social and environmental stakeholders - to develop an equitable, culturally appropriate, inclusive and economically viable model of management and protection.

 

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