FSC-Watch

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FSC Friday #2: Suspension of FSC certificate of Endesa-Botrosa in EcuadorTags: Ecuador, FSC Friday, GFA

The following article has been submitted by Klaus Schenck of Salva la Selva.

When Ecuadorian Timber Group Durini obtained the longtime announced FSC certificate for 8,380 hectares of its industrial timber plantations in April 2006, this was loudly celebrated by the timber lobby as a milestone for Ecuadorian wood industry and "forest" management. In contrast the suspension of the certificate two and a half years later, happened quietly and without any notice by the public.

On 27th of November 2008 German certifier GFA suspended the FSC seal of Rio Pitzará Forest Management Unit (GFA-FM/COC-1267), the industrial timber plantations of the infamous Timber Group Durini in Ecuador...[Continue]

'FSC Friday' #1: 'Can we trust the FSC?', asks The Ecologist MagazineTags: Worldwide, Certifier conflict of interest, WWF, Greenpeace

This is the first of a series of articles which will be posted in the run-up to 'FSC Friday' (September 25th), with which FSC-Watch aims to highlight some of the on-going problems with FSC certifications.

The world's leading environmental magazine, the Ecologist, has today published a major feature article on the FSC. The article questions the role of FSC in certiyfing plantations, raises doubts about how 'multi-stakeholder' an organisation FSC really is, and questions the motivations of some of the big NGO members of the organisation, including WWF and Greenpeace...[Continue]

Uganda: Villagers petition lands minister to stop FSC-certified company from evicting themTags: Uganda, Plantations, SGS Qualifor

On 25 May 2009, SGS Qualifor issued an FSC certificate to New Forest Company for its plantations in Uganda. Less than two months later, more than 10,000 villagers petitioned the lands minister to stop New Forest Company from evicting them from their homes. They accused armed groups of beating people, abducting them and destroying their crops and houses. Below are two articles about New Forest Company, one from the Ugandan newspaper, New Vision and one from World Rainforest Movement...[Continue]

UN strips SGS UK of accreditation for carbon project certification - FSC to follow for SGS-Qualifor?Tags: Worldwide, Carbon offsets, SGS Qualifor

As the FSC is considering how it should engage with potential future forest carbon trading schemes - and will no doubt be under pressure from the certification bodies, such as SGS and Rainforest Alliance, to move into this potentially lucrative market - it should take heed of recent developments concerning the United Nations scheme to certify international carbon credits.

The Times reports that "The legitimacy of the $100 billion (£60 billion) carbon-trading market has been called into question after the world's largest auditor of clean-energy projects was suspended by United Nations inspectors...[Continue]

FSC Ireland - the latest round in the decade-long fiascoTags: Ireland, Plantations, Soil Association Woodmark

The following has been submitted by the Irish Environmental and Social Stakeholders.

THE BEGINNINGS OF PLANTATION FORESTRY IN IRELAND

In the 1930s the now famous Irish plant collector Augustine Henry brought the Sitka Spruce to Ireland and over time it became the basis of a virtual 100% blanket monoculture in the Irish landscape - totally alien to the natural habitats of Oak, Ash, Rowan, Willow, etc. Being an alien species, plucked from its North American environment, planted in vast areas and susceptible to attack from the pine weevil, vast quantities of pesticides were used and are still used...[Continue]

Scandales dans la famille Forest Stewardship CouncilTags: Worldwide, Certifier conflict of interest, Plantations, Mixed sources labelling, All certifiers

(This posting is reproduced from a article in the Courrier de la Planète.)

Ce texte est extrait d'une interview donnée par Simon Counsell au site Mongabay.com le 17 avril 2008. Cette interview faisait suite à celle de Nina Haase, responsable de la communication du Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), publiée sur le même site dix jours plus tôt et réalisée en réponse aux nombreuses critiques formulées à l'encontre du système de certification FSC...[Continue]

FSC is greenwashing Brazil's monoculture tree plantations: Part 2Tags: Brazil, Plantations, Rainforest Alliance SmartWood

Last week, journalist Fred Pearce investigated Ryman's claims of "carbon neutral" office paper in his "Greenwash" column in The Guardian. It turns out that the raw material for Ryman's paper comes from Suzano's monoculture eucalyptus plantations in Brazil. Suzano's FSC-Certified monoculture eucalyptus plantations, that is.

Of course, as FSC's Alison Kriscenski pointed out to Pearce, "FSC certification is not a guarantee that a forest is carbon neutral, and people should not use it to claim that." But that apparently doesn't stop Suzano from making precisely that claim...[Continue]

FSC is greenwashing Brazil's monoculture tree plantations: Part 1Tags: Brazil, Plantations

World Rainforest Movement currently has a great image of FSC's greenwashing of industrial tree plantations on the front page of its website (click on the image below to go to WRM's website):

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FSC greenwashing monoculture tree plantations Evidence provided by the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Industry itself

For over a decade, the World Rainforest Movement has been denouncing that -by certifying large scale tree plantations- the FSC is greenwashing the destructive activities of plantation companies in Southern countries...[Continue]

Local organisations criticise FSC certification of eucalyptus monocultures in BrazilTags: Brazil, Plantations

This article from this month's World Rainforest Movement bulletin illustrates that the problems with FSC-certification of industrial tree plantations are far from resolved.

The most common response to criticisms of FSC is that a review is currently under way, with a promise that the critique will be taken into account. This is the case with FSC certification of industrial tree plantations. In fact, FSC's review of its plantations policy started in 2004 (after a motion was passed at FSC's 2002 General Assembly)...[Continue]

FSC's 'false guarantees' over Swedish wood prompts formation of new forest conservation groupTags: Sweden

FSC-Watch has received this announcement of the establishment of a new organisation which aims to fight the destruction of Sweden's forests, and to challenge the greenwashing of this destruction by the FSC.

Swedish old-growth forest destruction - international wood and paper customers deceived

New organization confronts old-growth forest destruction

Sweden, which will take over the EU Presidency in July 2009, has a considerable proportion of Europe's remaining old-growth forests...[Continue]

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