Project title

Developing and testing Continuous Improvement concept in Africa


Not applicable


Field test

Start date

July 2018

End date

July 2019

Purpose of the project

To provide recommendations to FSC on how to integrate and implement ‘continuous improvement’ concept in the FSC normative system. 

Strategic alignment

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

Technical working group



Email Address

Ms. Annah Agasha

TWG Coordinator, and stepwise approaches trial project coordinator


Mr. Steve Amooti Nsita



Mr. Severinus Mzungu Jembe


Mr. Gaster Kiyingi



Mr. Gerrit Marais

Certification and accreditation processes


Mr. Makala Jasper

Forestry and conservation


November 2019
The proposal for developing a Continuous Improvement procedure was presented to PSC in September and the positive recommendation was formally approved by FSC Board of Directors in November
October 2019
Continuous Improvement Concept gets support in Eastern Africa


The concept was discussed with a broad range of stakeholders during FSC African members meeting.

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October 2019
Incorporating past learnings from Community Certification Tool (Motion 2014:83) into FSC Continuous Improvement concept
May 2019
Public consultation on the Technical Working proposal for Continuous Improvement concept in Eastern Africa
December 2018 - March 2019
The Technical Working Group conducted stakeholder consultation meetings in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, attended by more than 40 stakeholders
November - December 2018
Two field visits were held during FSC certification audits to test the initial proposal on the ground
October 2018
First in-person meeting of Continuous Improvement Technical Working Group
31 July 2018
Composition of Technical Working Group is announced

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To join the Consultative Forum, contact Annah Agasha

April 2018
The Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Technical Working Group and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the field testing were presented to Policy Steering Committee (PSC)

The PSC welcomed this approach and provided advice to the New Approaches team.

Read the ToR

Read the SOP

November 2017
Public consultation on a discussion paper titled ‘Reaching smallhoders in the global South: Two stepwise approaches towards FSC certification’