It seems obvious, but any operation certified as “responsible forest management” should not threaten the world’s most important forests. Although the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) features protecting High Conservation Value Forests (HCV) as one of its fundamental principles, consistent rules and guidance on how to recognise and manage these ecosystems’ ecological and social values is lacking on a global level for the FSC system.
The stakes are high. High conservation value forests include endangered species habitat, high amounts of carbon that we should keep in the forest, vital water systems, and crucial places of importance for forest communities. Especially important for conservation are large intact forest landscapes, the few large swathes of forest that remain today but are under... Read more >