Carbon offsets

FSC responds to departure of FERN; Secretariat still in self-denial

The FSC Secretariat has issued a response to the resignation of important NGO member, FERN, which FSC-Watch reported recently. Whilst the statement naturally tries to play down the significance of FERN’s departure (and pretends that FERN had no concerns about the organisation other than on carbon certification, which it knows to be untrue), it reveals just how firmly in self-denial the FSC remains.

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UN strips SGS UK of accreditation for carbon project certification – FSC to follow for SGS-Qualifor?

As the FSC is considering how it should engage with potential future forest carbon trading schemes – and will no doubt be under pressure from the certification bodies, such as SGS and Rainforest Alliance, to move into this potentially lucrative market – it should take heed of recent developments concerning the United Nations scheme to certify international carbon credits.

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FACE Foundation makes misleading claims about FSC

The FACE Foundation, a Dutch carbon offset company, claims on its website that its tree planting projects at Mount Elgon and Kibale national parks in Uganda are both certified by FSC. While Mount Elgon is FSC certified (despite¬†major, ongoing¬†land disptues), the FACE Foundation’s project at Kibale is no longer FSC certified.

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