Monday, 17 October 2016
Motion 65 IFLs Advice Note: Open for Consultation.
Last month, after extensive stakeholder feedback, the FSC International Board of Directors decided to revise the default indicator in motion 65 due to the potential for significant undesired side effects in priority Intact Forest Landscape (IFL) countries. As a result, FSC is seeking input on updated guidelines for motion 65 implementation in Brazil, Canada, the Congo Basin, and Russia through a public consultation that will close on 6 December 2016.
“FSC remains dedicated to the implementation of Motion 65, as IFLs and Indigenous Cultural Landscapes (ICLs) are critical to some of the most valuable forests remaining on this planet. Protecting IFLs and ICLs is a huge undertaking, and we need the engagement of all stakeholders, and of governments, in affected areas. Without this engagement Motion 65 could drive many of our certificate holders to leave the FSC system, leaving us with little relevance in priority IFL countries. We need more time to ensure that our IFL indicators can work in practice, and incorporate such critical concepts as ICLs effectively,” noted FSC Director General, Kim Carstensen.
“At the most recent IFL Solutions Forum in July, we heard clear support from many of the affected stakeholders that we must take quick action to protect IFLs and ICLs, especially in the priority countries of Brazil, Canada, the Congo Basin, and Russia. Therefore, 80 per cent of IFL core areas within FSC-certified forests in these countries will be placed under temporary protection as of 1 January 2018, until a new national standard is in force”, confirmed Carstensen.
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