What Is The Forest Stewardship Council? | WWF-Canada

What Is The Forest Stewardship Council?

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, non-profit organization that supports environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests. Forest certification is a voluntary market mechanism through which forests are certified against a strict set of environmental and social standards. To be certified by FSC, forestry operations must be:
  • Environmentally appropriate - the biodiversity, productivity and ecological processes of the forest must be maintained.
  • Socially beneficial - local people, including First Nations, and society at large are to enjoy long-term benefits.
  • Economically viable - forestry operations are managed to be sufficiently profitable, but not at the expense of the forest resources, the ecosystem or affected communities.


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