Project title

Chinese National Forest Stewardship Standard pilot test


Pilot test

Start date

September 2018

End date

July 2020


To test alternative solutions to support small forest owners to comply with International Generic Indicator 6.5.5. This indicator refers to the minimum area of the Conservation Area Network.

Strategic alignment

At the 2017 General Assembly in Vancouver, Canada, the membership approved Motion 46 that recommended the New Approaches project to conduct several trial or pilot projects in selected countries, to assess the feasibility of different approaches that can improve uptake and maintenance of certification by smallholders and communities.

Working group Environmental | Social | Economic

Li Yejing, WWF China

Hu Yanjie, Chinese Academy of Forestry

Ding Yiwei, IKEA Trading Service (China) Co., Ltd.


May 2021

Final report and material sent to Policy and Steering Committee for advice. 

January 2021

Final Report submitted by FSC China to PSU. 

July 2020

Guidance request to Performance and Standard Unit

April 2020

Fact sheet on the pilot test developed. Read it here. 

March 2020

Preliminary reports compiled

August - November 2019

Follow up meetings to assess progress were held with all pilot test participants.

July 2019

Several trainings were provided within the scope of new Chinese NFSS implementation.

June 2019

Certification Bodies calibration meeting.

May - June 2019

All pilot test participants were visited and evaluated on-site, in conjunction with the surveillance audits

May 2019

Fifth Working Group meeting

April 2019

5 pilot test participants were confirmed by FSC China and the Working Group

February 2019

Framework Assessment submitted to Performance and Standard Unit

January 2019

Fourth Working Group meeting

December 2018

Update presentation to Policy and Standards Committee (PSC)

October 2018

Third Working Group meeting.

Presentation of the pilot test to Forest Network.

September 2018

Standard Operating Procedure approved 

Read the SOP

August 2018

Pilot proposal approved by the Policy and Standards Committee (PSC) in August and FSC Board of Directors in September.

Read news item

July 2018

Second Working Group meeting

April 2018

Working Group established and First Working Group meeting

Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements signed.

Final Report Material

Annex1_Chinese NFSS (6.5) pilot test_SOP.pdf
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DEC_Chinese NFSS (6.5) pilot test_2021-04-26.pdf
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Final-Report_Chinese NFSS (6.5) pilot test_2021-04-23.pdf
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2020-04_New Approaches_Factsheet_China pilot test.pdf
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