FSC protecting Intact Forest Landscapes

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was founded 20 years ago to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests, without compromising their health for future generations.

Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) are the world's remaining large unfragmented forest areas undisturbed by roads and industrial development. They have extremely important conservation value as they store a disproportionately high amount of global forest carbon, are large enough to sustain their biological diversity, and are critical for the livelihoods of forest-dependent peoples living within and adjacent to them. They are large enough to host both far-ranging top predators as well as other wildlife, and enable many plant and animal species to adapt to climate change. They also provide crucial ecosystem services such as regulating water and nutrient cycles.

The values and ecosystem services that IFLs provide are being exposed to severe and often irreversible damage when fragmented and/or destroyed through continued expansion of industrial logging and its infrastructure. Most deforestation begins with logging, roadbuilding and fragmentation.

FSC has taken the bold step of committing to the protection of IFLs. Greenpeace congratulates FSC for this important commitment, which distinguishes it from other forest certification systems. IFL protection, which will be in place by the end of 2016, will be a major step toward meaningful forest stewardship worldwide.

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The Forest Stewardship Council can help protect Canada's Boreal Intact Forest Landscapes

Blog entry by Catharine Grant | 17 July, 2015 1 comment

Two weeks ago, Greenpeace Africa's Irene Wabiwa-Betoko wrote about the need for Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) protection in the Congo Basin, and expressed the hope that FSC's new commitment to IFLs protection could help shift the...

Why FSC's move to protect Intact Forest Landscapes is key for the Congo Basin

Blog entry by Irene Wabiwa | 3 July, 2015

In September 2014, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) members voted with an overwhelming majority at their General Assembly to protect "the vast majority" of Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) in and around FSC certified forest...

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative does not stand up to the Forest Stewardship Council

Blog entry by Catharine Grant | 15 January, 2015

For years, conservation organizations have insisted that the only forest certification scheme that delivers socially and environmentally responsible forest practices is the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). While not perfect, FSC has a...

FSC makes big strides

Blog entry by Judy Rodrigues | 12 September, 2014

This week, Greenpeace has been squirreled away in meetings with members of the FSC's General Assembly, the membership body that makes decisions about how FSC is governed. To be frank, we've been pretty critical of FSC over the last...

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