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Normative Document

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)
  • Sriskandh Subramanian, The Gold Standard Foundation (technical expert)
  • 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 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

Terms of Reference_Ecosystem Services Pro Revision
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