Social impacts of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
Certification: An assessment in the Congo Basin
Welcome to the Norwegian launch of the report by the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) on the “Social impacts of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification in the Congo Basin”. This research assesses the social impacts of the implementation of FSC certification in three countries in the Congo Basin.
The CIFOR-report assesses social impacts based on:
1. The working and living conditions of logging companies‘ employees and their families.
2. The effectiveness and legitimacy of the institutions set up to regulate relationships between logging companies and neighbouring communities.
3. The local populations’ rights to and customary uses of forests.
The results help establish that a clear difference currently exists between certified and noncertified timber: the former is sourced in Forest Management Units (FMUs) where not only legally mandated social standards are implemented, but also voluntary standards that are superior and more effective.
The seminar will be composed of four main presentations followed by questions and discussion.
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome and Introduction to the seminar
Heidi Sørensen, Terrestrial team leader, WWF-Norway
9:15 – 9:45: Presentation of the report on the “Social impacts of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification: An assessment in the Congo Basin”
Paolo Omar Cerutti, Senior scientist, Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
9:45 – 10:15: Forest Stewardship council (FSC) certification in the Congo Basin
Mathieu Auger, FSC Sub-Regional Coordinator Congo Basin, FSC international
10:15 – 10:30: Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:00
Conservation and forest management in the Congo basin, a WWF’s perspective
Daniel Tiveau, Regional Forest Coordinator, WWF Central Africa Regional Programme Office
11:00 – 11:30: The role of Civil society in conservation and forestry in Cameroon
Alfred Medou, Executive director, Organisation for the Protection of Cameroonian Forests and its Natural Resources (OPFCR)
11: 30 – 12:30: Comments from:
– Lisetta Trebbi, Assistant Director for Climate, Energy and Environment, Norad
– Marine Gauthier, Central Africa Program Coordinator, Rainforest Foundation
– Michael Kristensen, Part Owner, Interwood AS
Followed by an open discussion
The research is funded by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry through a project titled Social Impacts of the FSC Certification in the Congo Basin: Effectiveness of Negotiated Arrangements and Platforms of Dialogue between Logging Companies and the Local Population. The views expressed in this document do not in any way reflect the official position of WWF, CIFOR or CGIAR.