Transparency International has released the 2014 figures for the perceived corruption level in most of the world's countries. Gain an overview of the changes and their implications for legal and FSC Controlled Wood sourcing.
Indigenous communities located in Ucayali, Peru have agreed to compensate for the carbon footprint of the FSC General Assembly 2014. NEPCon is validating the event's carbon footprint calculations.
A new legal regulation has kicked in, obliging Australian importers to meet due diligence requirements similar to those of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).
Green energy is on the rise in the EU, and leading European bioenergy producers will soon be demanding woody biomass from responsible origins. This could add value to FSC and PEFC certified forests and wood pellets.
NEPCon is now an independent FSC certification body. This implies that NEPCon will no longer be providing FSC services on behalf of the Rainforest Alliance. However, the close collaboration between NEPCon and the Rainforest Alliance will continue.
Doubts over timber industry Chain of Custody (CoC) certification have been raised with growing intensity over the past year. We look at the reasons why the former FSC General Director André de Freitas recently called CoC certification a myth, and how this can be addressed.
Over the past year, Greenpeace has stepped up its public scrutiny of the FSC system. This might lead some industries, particularly in Europe, to see PEFC as the safer choice in terms of avoiding the NGO spotlight. However, this could prove to be an illusion.
At the close of the FSC General Assembly 2014, the good ship FSC has set its course for the next three years. But will the agreed moves be bold enough to solve the key issues that FSC is struggling with? In this commentary, NEPCon’s Executive Director Peter Feilberg dares FSC to set sail towards heavy seas.
As the FSC General Assembly 2014 unfolded, the temperature went up and down, perhaps reflecting the emotional state of the participants. Despite discords, there was consensus that FSC needs to modernise, to enhance its reach and to improve its credibility. Read this summary of highlights to understand where FSC is heading.
After 20 years of reconciling interests, FSC is showing signs of fatigue. But surely the system will receive a vitalising injection of innovative thinking from its members this week. Before we leap into the future, let’s step back, take a deep breath and overlook the battle plains.
Ultimately, it’s all about responsible forest management and credible eco-labelling. But we’ve come to a point where we can’t see the trees for the labels. Carsten Huljus, Director of GFA Certification, speaks his mind in an interview with NEPCon on the FSC trademark rules from a certification body perspective.
A recent study estimates that 90 % of Cambodian timber products are derived from forest conversion, a fact that speaks to the country’s rapid loss of forest cover. The main drivers of deforestation are rooted in poor governance.