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Normative Document under revision

FSC-PRO-30-006 Ecosystem Services Procedure: Impact Demonstration and Market Tools


Motion 53 asks FSC to expand and strengthen the Ecosystem Services Procedure by developing specific additional services and market claims for Indigenous and Traditional Peoples through the Cultural ES pillar.  

So, during this conceptual phase, the intent is to consult important stakeholders and research the best way to recognize and measure the cultural Ecosystem Services (ES) claims in an easy way. 

The work of indigenous and traditional communities is crucial to protecting places of cultural importance and maintaining ecological health, and it is essential that the Traditional Knowledge of Indigenous peoples is recognized, maintained, transmitted within their communities, and shared more widely. This knowledge is developed through its intrinsic and lasting link with its environment and nature. It includes the protection of biodiversity, cultivation, use of non-timber forest products, and the use of Traditional practices that protect forests against climate change.

Process objectives
  • Represent Indigenous and traditional peoples in the inclusion of the Cultural ES in the Ecosystem Services Procedure. 

  • Create the opportunity to interview key stakeholders. 

  • Make the concept more comprehensive while increasing clarity and simplicity. 

  • Facilitate and enable further impacts and quantitative measurements for the impact demonstration while enhancing qualitative approaches.


To be determined.

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February 2024 - September 2024

The consultancy conducts research about the recognition of cultural services and practices in the Ecosystem Services Procedure. It also conducts field research and interviews stakeholders. 

July 2023 - January 2024

FSC works with the Indigenous Foundation and PIPC to develop a Terms of Reference for a consultancy to research more on the subject. A consultancy is selected based on this criteria.