Southern Africa Updates

Monday, 01 August 2016
Call for working group members for Controlled Wood National risk assessment for Cat 1 & Cat 3 in South Africa.


During the 2011 FSC General Assembly, the FSC Membership passed Policy Motion 51 to ‘Strengthen the Controlled Wood System’. The motion includes a revision of the Controlled Wood Standard (FSC-STD-40-005), an evaluation of existing risk assessments, the phasing out of company-developed Risk Assessments and the development of FSC National Controlled Wood Risk Assessments.

The development of a National Risk Assessment (NRA) provides a consistent application of our Standards and Policies and assists our Certificate Holders in avoiding products from sources such as:
Illegally harvested forests;
Forests harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights;
Forests in which high conservation values are threatened; Forests that are being converted to plantations or non-forest use; or
Forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.

National Risk Assessments (NRA) are being developed in accordance with procedure FSC-PRO-60-002 V3-0 The Development and Approval of FSC National Risk Assessments which can be found here.

FSC International recently permitted the launch of the South African National Risk Assessment (NRA) process. The NRA Working Group is yet to be established and as a result, a proposal has not yet been submitted to FSC International. The South African NRA Working Group will utilize and build upon FSC’s Centralized National Risk Assessment (CNRA) for South Africa, which contains assessments conducted by consultants hired by FSC International. To date, the assessments in the CNRA have been completed for controlled wood categories 1, 2, and 5 and can be downloaded here.

The category 3 assessment conducted by international consultants will be reviewed during the NRA process. The category 4 assessment is being reviewed by FSC International.
The NRA Working Group has a mandate to ensure that proactive input is received from stakeholders with the ultimate goal of achieving consensus for each category. FSC South Africa intends to have a finalised National Risk Assessment by December 31st, 2017. A detailed NRA work plan and timeline will follow shortly.

If you are interested in joining the NRA Working Group, please contact Manushka Moodley at m.moodley at fsc point org for further details.

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