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The objective of FSC-STD-01-003 is to provide consistent definitions of 'small' and 'low intensity' managed forests for the purpose of implementing streamlined certification and auditing procedures.


1. Expand the scope of the standard to cover and include all uses of the SLIMF concept within the FSC system to improve consistency and transparency.

2. Introduce an improved mechanism to develop and approve nationally adapted thresholds for ‘small’ and ‘low intensity’ when a deviation from the default categories is deemed necessary.

Technical Working Group
  • Junia Karst Caminha Ruggiero, Neocert, Brazil
  • Christine Hall, The Nature Conservancy, USA
  • Michal Brink, CMO, South Africa
Related Processes
  • Revision of FSC-STD-20-007: Standard for Forest Management Evaluations
  • Development of FSC-PRO-30-011: Continuous Improvement Procedure 
  • Revision of FSC-PRO-60-010: Incorporating a risk-based approach in National Forest Stewardship Standards
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September 19 – November 18 2022
Second Public Consultation is Open

The SLIMF and Community Forest Eligibility Criteria D2-0 is open for public consultation until 18 November 2022


November 2 & 3, 2022

To support the public consultation FSC is offering three webinars for all interested parties. The webinars will include a question-and-answer period for participants. To register for an upcoming webinar, use the links below:

May 25 and June 2, 2022
Webinars Announced

After a short presentation on the proposed draft of the FSC-STD-01-003 V2.0, SLIMF and Community Forest Eligibility Criteria, opportunity is given to the audience to provide questions and to receive answers by the Community and Family Forest team at FSC International. Register using the following links:

April 14 - June 13 2022
Public Consultation is Open

The SLIMF and Community Forest Eligibility Criteria is open for public consultation until 13 June 2022. 

14 September 2021
Technical Working Group Established
June 2021

FSC launched a call for applicants that is open until 31 July. See news item here.

June 2021

The FSC Board of Directors approved the revision of the SLIMF standard and the establishment of a Technical Working Group, requiring that the Terms of Reference specify that:

  • All aspects of the application of the SLIMF concept shall be reviewed; and
  • The specific needs of very smallholders, with forest lands of up to 20 hectares, shall be considered.
May 2021

The Policy and Standards Committee recommended to FSC Board of Directors the approval of the revision process.

April 2021

Review report 30 days public consultation. Read more in the news item here

October 2020 - January 2021

Internal stakeholder review for preparation of review report and identification of alignment needs


FSC-STD-01-003 SLIMF Review Report
PDF, Size: 310.62KB
Informe de revisiones de la PSU_FSC-STD-01-003 completo
PDF, Size: 248.47KB
Espanol - Synopsis _SLIMF_1st public consultation_FINAL_ES
PDF, Size: 498.12KB
Synopsis _SLIMF_1st public consultation_FINAL
PDF, Size: 532.99KB
SLIMF and Community Forest Eligibility Criteria_V2_0_D2_0_EN
PDF, Size: 451.54KB
Espanol - SLIMF and Community Forest Eligibility Criteria_V2_0_D2_0_ES
PDF, Size: 422.54KB
Synopsis _SLIMF_2nd public consultation_EN_FINAL.pdf
PDF, Size: 501.71KB