With the revised P&C now approved, attention turns to next steps. To that end, there are a couple key points to emphasize:
Our expectation is that the US National Forest Management Standard will be updated on approximately the five-year cycle that is required in any case.
As the first major revision, the new P&C brings FSC practices current with the policies, clarifications, and lessons learned since its inception in 1993. With revisions now approved, FSC will begin immediately to engage stakeholders in the development of baseline requirements (the “Generic Indicators”) for each of the Criteria.
FSC is mindful of the concerns raised by members during the review and revision of the P&C and is committed to addressing them in the Generic Indicators development, as well as in subsequent policy-level discussions. Additionally, we will reach out to our members to capture the learnings we’ve acquired from this unprecedented process.
FSC is deeply grateful to the dedicated individuals that made this advancement possible, including the Principles & Criteria Working Group, the FSC Membership and the staff involved. Their high level of engagement in this process has enabled FSC to move forward with renewed confidence.
For more information about the FSC Principles & Criteria, please visit www.vote.fsc.org.