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


This procedure set out the requirements for FSC-certified forest managers to credibly demonstrate the impact of their activities on the maintenance, conservation, restoration or enhancement of ecosystem services, providing them with improved access to ecosystem services markets through the use of FSC ecosystem services claims.

Process Objectives

Key objectives of this revision process are:

  • Streamline the procedure to ease implementation and accelerate demand.
  • Make it more comprehensive, while increasing clarity and simplicity.
  • Lower the costs and make it easier to access, in particular for smallholders and communities.
  • Facilitate and enable further impacts and quantitative measurements for the impact demonstration while enhancing qualitative approaches.
Technical Working Group
  • Wesley Snell, ETIFOR (Economic)
  • Jens Kanstrup, Forest of the World (Environmental)
  • Alan Smith, Individual (Social)
  • Ana Vaz, NBI - Natural Business Intelligence & CIBIO - Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources of the University of Porto (technical expert)
  • Rachele Perazzolo, FSC Italy (technical expert)
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June 2023

FSC hosted the second face-to-face meeting with the technical working group in Lisbon, Portugal (13-16 June).  

January 24 & February 21, 2023
Webinars for first public consultation

FSC invites all interested stakeholders to attend explanatory webinars about ongoing public consultation of the draft procedure. The webinar presentation can be found here.

  • First webinar, Jan 24, 2023 09:00 AM (CET)
  • Second webinar, Feb 21, 2023 05:00 PM (CET) 
  • Webinars public with simultaneous translation to Spanish and French 
16 January – 17 March 2023
First public consultation of the FSC-PRO-30-006 V2-0 D1-0 Ecosystem Services Procedure

The first public consultation open between 16 January and 17 March 2023 and will be used to collect stakeholders’ feedback on a series of questions regarding the proposed first draft version of the procedure. FSC encourages all interested stakeholders to participate and provide their feedback during this period. Consultation translated into Spanish and French. 

August 2022

FSC hosted the first face-to-face meeting with the Technical Working Group in Bonn, Germany  (30 August -2 September). 

June 2022

The Technical Working Group for the revision of the Ecosystem Services Procedure has been established. Read the news article here.

19 April to 31 May 2022

Call for applicants for the establishment of the Technical Working Group

12 April 2022

Terms of References approved by the Policy Steering group.

15 March 2022

Board of Directors approves the establishment of a Technical Working Group formed by 3 interest balanced members and 2 to 3 technical experts at its 91st meeting

December 2021

Motion 48/2021 Streamline the Ecosystem Services Procedure, incorporate more services and maximise its potential is supported by the FSC members at the FSC General Assembly


3 December 2021 – 9 January 2022

Review Report recommending a revision of the procedure is consulted

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