By the time the FSC® General Assembly wrapped up in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, this past week, 27 motions had been passed and 11 failed amidst intense debate. No matter how heated the proceedings, though, general consensus was reached on at least one issue: the reinforced need for increased FSC certification to reduce deforestation around the globe.
With our voice in all three of the GA chambers – social, environmental and economic – all motions were of interest to Ecotrust Canada. Of particular note, though, was Motion 19: ‘Establishment of a Permanent Indigenous Peoples’ Committee to Strengthen Indigenous Peoples’ Involvement in FSC®. Brought forward by Brad Young, from Canada’s National Aboriginal Forestry Association, and BC’s Larry Joseph, a member of the Frog Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, we voted strongly in favour of this motion as it clearly promotes Indigenous Peoples Rights, and is a core belief of the Forest Stewardship Council.
Aboriginal communities are currently underrepresented in the FSC® system, yet we need a strong Aboriginal committee to assist communities with the tools and resources required to respond to forest companies seeking FSC certification and to aid in the certification of forests managed by Aboriginals. This group could clearly enhance and help streamline the certification process in British Columbia. The GA voted overwhelmingly in agreement, with the motion strongly supported by all three chambers.
To read more about the other 37 motions tabled, read the FSC® Update (PDF).
- Collaborate, and discuss FSC® Group certification, with other Groups around the world;
- Develop partnerships with many other organizations in countries such as the United States, Mexico, Brazil, India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Argentina, and a number of countries within Europe;
- Support the creation of the International Indigenous Peoples’ Committee;
- Discuss challenges with the uptake of woodlots and community forests in British Columbia and promote improvements to facilitate increased certification;
- Be actively involved and help direct the development of FSC® certification;
- Build worldwide market connection for our own country’s sustainably managed forests products.
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