The European Green Deal is the European Commission’s strategy aimed at tackling climate and environmental-related challenges. It sets out a variety of policy initiatives with the overarching aim of making the EU climate neutral by 2050.
To provide forest materials to a growing world population, production must be increased. At the same time, we are faced with a global need to stop deforestation and forest degradation, and the need to protect high conservation values, including intact forest landscapes. To stop biodiversity loss and retain forest ecosystem services, much more forest area should be protected.
The FSC GE (Genetic Engineering) learning process aims to gain sufficient and trusted knowledge on developments in Genetic Engineering in forestry outside of FSC certified areas. FSC intends to use this knowledge to determine whether it could develop a governance model ensuring rigorous safeguarding, risk management and shared value creation for genetic engineering in forestry in non-FSC certified area. The learnings would also be used to update existing policies and enable informed decision making for FSC and its members on topics related to developments in genetic engineering in forestry in the future. See the frequently asked questions below for more information.
Globally, our forests are increasingly faced with deforestation and forest degradation. There is a growing need to protect forests with unique social and environmental values such as Intact Forest landscapes (IFL), old-growth forests, Indigenous Cultural Landscapes (ICL) and similar forests. But often, there is disagreement on the right approach to protect or conserve these forests. FSC is doing this by introducing a global framework for discussion and a new method for dialogues.