FSC for smallholders & communities

© WWF / Edward Parker
The concept of FSC group certification was developed to provide easy, low-cost and equitable access to certification for owners of small forest holdings.

The group certification process does not certify each forest holding individually, but establishes a group of certifiable forest operations. Members of such a group share certification logistics and costs.

Lower costs, less work
For forest owners participating in such a group scheme, certification is far less costly and less labor intensive than individual certification.

Any voluntary group of forest owners, a forest owners' association, a forestry organization or a forest management co-operative can serve as a suitable structure for group certification.

These groups can also collaborate on joint marketing of their FSC certified forest products.

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