This year we have significantly increased the number of training courses offered in Asia and Russia. The training schedule also includes our largest range of courses to date – including interactive classroom training and online modules.
On 3 April 2018, FSC approved new risk assessments for Austria, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, South Africa, and Switzerland.
The cork stopper in your wine bottle, as you probably know if you’re reading this, comes from the bark of the cork oak tree. Have a look at this article to see some fabulous photos of FSC-certified cork production.
NEPCon has recently issued the first FSCTM certificate for Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in Central Asia.
The combined organisation will provide credible sustainability certification services at a global scale, engage with wide and diverse stakeholders, and productively contribute to the development of numerous certification schemes.
The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) set out in 2013 to target companies importing timber and do something about the problem of illegal logging that rapidly destroys the world’s forests. In spite of noble intentions, the EUTR has created a lot of challenges within the European timber trade, because it’s hard to figure out exactly what it is you need to do to stay clear of trouble.
The Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act is akin to the EU Timber Regulation and the US Lacey Act. It came into force in 2012 and was reviewed in 2017. The end to the “soft start” took effect 1 January 2018, meaning that importers of regulated timber products into Australia, and processors of domestically grown raw logs, now face penalties for failing to comply with the Act.
A sustainably managed forest offers more than sustainable timber and non-timber forest products. It can also provide other ‘ecosystem services’, such as locking up carbon, protecting water supplies and providing a habitat for rare species. Soon, FSC will allow you to certify that you provide these extra services.
FSC announced a new version of the FSC Trademark Standard (FSC-STD-50-001 V2-0) which will come into force on 1 March 2018. As well as introducing the trademark use management system, the Standard permits more flexible trademark use.