FSC Ecosystem Services Certification: Water Benefits for Forest Owners/Communities

Tuesday 25 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: NL Music Hall
From forest with love / Sini Savilaakso

Knowledge is at the core of certification. Forest certification is a governance tool that provides the opportunity to inform buyers about the nature of the products they are buying and their environmental and social impacts.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is developing a system to certify forest ecosystem services including water. Among other things, FSC Ecosystem Services certification can increase confidence in Payments for Ecosystem Services by disclosing and verifying information about the quality of forest management and impacts on water.  Hence, it can support more sustainable development of forested watersheds.  

The core elements of FSC's approach are:

  • Enhanced forest management requirements to protect water quality and quantity in forested watersheds;
  • A methodology for demonstrating positive impact on water quality and quantity developed together with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
  • A framework for promotional claims to increase access to markets.

In this session, we will introduce FSC Ecosystem Services Certification and present progress to date in certifying improved watershed management and its impacts. We will gather feedback from participants for improvement of FSC's approach to Ecosystem Services certification.


14:00 Welcome by the Forest Stewardship Council

14:05  FSCs approach to certifying ecosystem services

Rosario Galán - Forest Stewarship Council

14:15 Demonstrating the impact of forest stewardship on ecosystem services

Sini Savilaakso - Center for International Forestry Research

14:25 Experience in moving towards certification - case study from Indonesia

Angga Prathama Putra - WWF Indonesia

14:35 Q&A

14:45 Open discussion using a fluid panel methodology

15:20 Wrap up