Project title

Asia Pacific Regional Forest Stewardship Standard for Smallholders



Project Coordinator
Start date

May 2018

End date

January 2020

Organizational process assets

To develop a regional smallholder standard to:

  1. Focus only on smallholder operations and write the indicators in more simple language;
  2. Address concerns expressed by stakeholders, certificate holders and certification bodies;
  3. Consider the inclusion of new mechanisms to improve smallholder certification access and cost;
  4. Cover four critical countries in the Asia Pacific Region; India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Strategic alignment

At the 2017 General Assembly in Vancouver, Canada, the membership approved Motion 46 with a focus on exploring additional ways of making FSC policy and standards more relevant to small forest owners, which included exploring the existing flexibility of FSC system.

Technical Advisory Group



Michael Brady

Joko Sarjito

Untung Karnonto

Thesis Budiarto

Piyathip Eawpanich

Chittiwat Silapat

Prasnee Tipraqsa

Dung Tri Ngo

Bui Chinh Nghia

Nguyen Vu

Suneel Pandey

Prodyut Bhattacharya

Krishna Kumar Singh

Non-Voting Chair

Indonesia – Env.

Indonesia – Soc.

Indonesia – Econ.

Thailand – Env.

Thailand – Econ.

Thailand – Soc.

Vietnam – Env.

Vietnam – Econ.

Vietnam – Env.

India – Econ.

India – Env.

India – Soc.



June 2021

The launch and roll-out of the Asia-Pacific RFSS for smallholders as a pilot test was approved by FSC Board of Directors.

January - April 2021

The technical advisory group worked to close the identified conditions and submitted the revised AP RFSS for smallholders to PSU.


December 2020

PSC conditionally approved the AP RFSS for smallholders, with 12 conditions and 3 observations and recommended to FSC Board of Directors to launch this new policy solutions in a controlled manner as pilot test.

June - July 2020
Draft 2 public consultation
Spring 2020
The Technical Advisory Group has approved Draft 2
March 2020

FSC publishes factsheet about the development of an Asia Pacific Regional Standard for smallholders. Read it here. 

Autumn 2019
Field tests conducted in all four countries
Spring 2019
Target consultation on Draft 1 was launched for 30 days
11 November 2018
First Technical Advisory Group meeting to discuss Draft 0
07 November 2018
Terms of Reference (ToR) approved.
15 September - 15 November 2018
Open call for stakeholders to join Consultative Forum for developing FSC Regional Forest Stewardship Standard for smallholders for India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam

Contact Loy Jones to join the Consultative Forum.

01 August - 09 October 2018
Set up of the Technical Advisory Group

See list of members in table above

30 August 2018
Begin work on Draft 0
Asia Regional Standard Factsheet
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