SGO: What does the FSC mark actually mean?

Thinking forestry?  Think big and creative via FSC!
How can we contribute to sustainable development? The answer of course is  to collaborate across international community, through  non-governmental organizations like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.

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But what is FSC?
The Forest Stewardship Council is an international, non-profit organisation , established in 1993 so as to  to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests!

Particular aims of the FSC?
FSC includes two key areas: Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification. It seeks to ensure that the forests are not damaged and only low volumes of trees are extracted causing the minimal  on plant and animal life.

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What can you do?
…plenty of things!

  • As a consumer, you have the choice to buy wood and paper products with the FSC tick tree logo!
  • As a seller of forest products, you have the option to become FSC certified.
  • Or if you can just simply become a supporter in case you are passionate about protecting the world’s forests for a better future !
  • Besides FSC Friday has an open invitation for thw annual celebration of forestry

And  where can you find FSC products?
Easy peasy lemon squeezy as some of the most popular retailers support the FSC , like Marks & Spencer, IKEA, Kingfisher and Tetra Pak,continually in order to reinforce its position as the global standard for forest management and wood fibre certification!

Whether you are buying as an individual or as a company, seek  products from FSC certified forests and insist the product has an FSC label!

…By the way do you know your FSC forest?
You can take a look at an interactive map!

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Bumblebees in KWT’s West Blean!

The following councils are FSC certified for their forests:

  • Bromley
  • Croydon
  • Durham
  • North Somerset
  • Sefton
  • Three Rivers
  • Wakefield
  • Welwyn Hatfield

The following Wildlife Trusts are FSC certified for their forests:

  • Essex Wildlife Trust
  • Kent Wildlife Trust
  • Lancashire Wildlife Trust
  • Surrey Wildlife Trust
  • Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Making a difference beyond the bottom lines!
‘’The congress firmly believes that, whatever the political objectives, whatever the form of economic organization, whatever the present pattern of forest land tenure, governments are responsible for planning the continuous flow of the productive, protective and social goods and services from the forest, ensuring that the physical output and environmental benefits of the forests are available for the general welfare of their peoples now and for all time. Since we live in one world, and since the forest resources of the world are unevenly distributed, national policies and plans must take account of the international context.”(1972, WFC Declaration)

by student blogger, Thea Toumpa


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