Validation of a proposal for a FSC Continuous Improvement Scheme for smallholder and community certification in Latin America.
To collect ideas and inputs to propose recommendations for FSC on how to integrate and implement ‘continuous improvement’ concept in the FSC normative system. The compilation of ideas will focus on:
- Definition of small forest owners and communities.
- Analysis of FSC Criteria and definition of critical and continuous improvement criteria.
- Discuss proposals for a timeline and the stages of a Continuous Improvement concept.
At the 2017 General Assembly in Vancouver, Canada, the membership approved Motion 46 that recommended the New Approaches project to conduct several 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.
No technical working group will be formed. The consultation process will be carried out in 7 countries with the existing national Standards Development Groups, and in Central America with the sub-regional Standard Development Group, which includes 4 countries: Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Additionally, in each country, a smallholder group or community was chosen for a second participatory workshop.