A new film documents the problems with FSC. FSC-Watch will be posting several articles about this over the next few days. Meanwhile, here is FERN’s description of the film in EU Forest Watch, January 2011. Below that is a trailer for the film.
UPDATE: The full documentary is available here.
‘Sustainable on Paper’
Despite some plantations in Brazil being Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, they are nevertheless beset by problems. This is well-described in the film ‘Sustainable on Paper’ by freelance journalists Leo Broers and An-Katrien Lecluyse opening in Ghent, Belgium, 24 January 2011.
Using the example of Brazilian-Scandinavian transnational Veracel, the film documents why many FSC-certified tree plantations are controversial. Despite the FSC certificate attesting to a well-managed plantation, communities surrounded by thousands of hectares of eucalyptus speak of dropping water levels and water sources polluted by pesticides. They speak of biodiversity and the sustenance it provided replaced by a monoculture offering little more than raw material for pulp and paper – 98 per cent of which is for export, including to the EU.
The film and recent articles in the Belgian media also question how hundreds of pending cases regarding labour law violations escaped detection by the certifiers issuing the FSC label. With such shortcomings persisting in what is considered the most stringent forest certification scheme globally, what lies behind the logo of the schemes where even the sustainability ‘on paper’ is in question?
 The film will also be shown in Brussels (27 January) and Antwerp (31 January). It is available in Dutch, Portuguese and English.