THE SFI SMALL-SCALE FOREST MANAGEMENT MODULE FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND FAMILIES

applies in Canada. It’s designed for landowners and managers in Canada that want a solution for group or individual certification.
SFI Small Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples and Familes 2022

OPTIONAL MODULES TO GROW SMALL LAND CERTIFICATION IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA

Section 13 in the SFI 2022 Standards and Rules addresses the process for SFI Inc. to develop optional modules. These modules are a way for the SFI program to address emerging issues and new opportunities. Modules are developed by SFI Inc., through a multi-stakeholder task group, and approved by the SFI Inc. Board of Directors.

The SFI Board of Directors approved two optional modules.

The SFI Small Lands Group Certification Module is designed for any organization certified to the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard. This module applies in both the U.S. and Canada. Certification to the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard is a prerequisite to achieving the small lands group certification. SFI developed the Module in partnership with the American Forest Foundation (AFF).

The SFI Small-Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples and Families and Communities applies in Canada. It’s designed for landowners and managers in Canada that want a solution for group or individual certification.

SFI SMALL-SCALE FOREST MANAGEMENT MODULE FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND FAMILIES

SFI Small-Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples and Families and Communities

The SFI Small-Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples and Families offers the owners and managers of these forests the opportunity to participate in a group certification organization and benefit from the economies of scale afforded by working with a group of forest owners and managers of forest licenses. Any small-scale forest owned or managed by Indigenous Peoples, families or communities where the area in timber production does not exceed 20,000 hectares is eligible for certification to the Module. The total area certified to the Module may exceed 20,000 hectares when the non-timber producing areas and areas managed for conservation or recreation purposes are included.

Requirements of the Module are scaled to align with the SFI 2022 Forest Management Standard to reflect the size and intensity of management characteristics. The module also incorporates guidance text in the main body of the document for ease of use. In order to make any claims that the fiber from these lands meets the requirements for SFI label use, the group manager, along with group members must be third-party audited by an accredited certification body.

 New forest certification standards offer nature-based solutions to the climate crisis

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NEW FOREST CERTIFICATION STANDARDS OFFERS NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI) updated forest certification standards provide solutions to some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Sustainable forest management and the procurement of wood products from sustainably managed sources are critical tools that help avoid deforestation.

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