Two weeks ago, ARTE broadcast a documentary that was extremely critical of FSC. FSC responded with a statement on its website, and an 8-page “Fact check”. FSC’s response illustrates that the organisation is in denial about the problems within the FSC system.
ARTE Documentary: FSC-certified destruction of Sweden’s primary forests
Most of the recent ARTE Documentary about FSC focusses on problems with FSC-certified operations in the tropics. But ARTE’s journalists Manfred Ladwig and Thomas Reutter also travel to Sweden to investigate whether FSC is doing better in the primary forests of the North.
ARTE Documentary on Veracel, Brazil: Villagers are being “wiped out by eucalyptus”
For the recent ARTE documentary about FSC, journalists Manfred Ladwig and Thomas Reutter travelled to Brazil to take a look at pulp company Veracel’s industrial tree plantations. They travel with Klemens Laschefski, professor of political ecology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais.
New documentary slams FSC: “The eco-label could not slow down the forest industry”
ARTE, the European TV channel, broadcast a new documentary about FSC this week. It’s available on Das Erste website in German: “Die Ausbeutung der Urwälder: Kann ein Öko-Siegel die Forstindustrie stoppen?” – The exploitation of primary forests: Can an ecolabel stop the forest industry?
FSC-certified company Holmen threatens Swedish high conservation value forests – in violation of FSC standards
The Forest Stewardship Council standard for Sweden “allows forests to be converted into tree plantations, through the use of clear-cut logging, soil scarification (ridging) and chemical fertilisation”, writes Amanda Tas of Protect the Forest in a recent piece on the Plantation Definition Discussion website.
FSC Sweden: “I wish we had more backbone”
The myth of sustainable FSC certified logging in Sweden is explored in a new article, Sweden’s Green Veneer Hides Unsustainable Logging Practices on Yale 360, by journalist and photographer, Erik Hoffner.
Clear-cuts for Ecotimber – more criticism of FSC, this time on German TV
On 14 February 2010, SWR, a German TV station broadcast a short film about FSC certification of clearcuts in Sweden.
Swedish Society for Nature Conservation resigns from FSC Sweden
In June 2010, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation resigned from FSC Sweden. Two years ago, the SSNC left the board of FSC Sweden. As the largest environmental organisation in Sweden, SSNC’s resignation raises serious questions about the ability of FSC to implement its own standards.
FSC’s ‘false guarantees’ over Swedish wood prompts formation of new forest conservation group
FSC-Watch has received this announcement of the establishment of a new organisation which aims to fight the destruction of Sweden’s forests, and to challenge the greenwashing of this destruction by the FSC.
FSC’s credibility in Sweden takes another pounding with new Greenpeace report
Greenpeace has released a new report detailing major problems and non-compliances in FSC certifications in Sweden.