Print and paper is a highly sustainable form of communication in today’s digital society. Despite this, there are still misconceptions that it is wasteful, detrimental to the environment and responsible for deforestation. More worrying is the misunderstanding that digital communication is more environmentally friendly, which is not always the case. To address these misconceptions, and to better inform and educate consumers, businesses and the public at large, Two Sides, a global initiative to promote the sustainability and attractiveness of print and paper, has published a series of 11 fact sheets to address a wide array of environmental and social issues. The comprehensive fact sheets cover the most common areas of misunderstanding, ranging from the real environmental impact of electronic communication, to the sustainability of paper-based printed products, as well as tackling the important role that print and paper plays in literacy and learning.
As we kick off the FSC US Forest Management (FM) Standard revision process, FSC US is looking for several consultants to apply their knowledge and experience. We have identified areas of work needed to address issues identified by stakeholders, in combination with requirements embedded in the revised FSC Principles & Criteria (Version 5) and associated International Generic Indicators. Materials, analysis and recommendations developed by these consultants will inform the efforts of the FM Revision Working Group in the following areas:
•Protections for Indigenous Peoples and their rights, including adapting terminology used in the revised Principles & Criteria, assessment of the prevalence of customary rights in the US context, assessment of the standard’s alignment with UNDRIP and ILO Convention 169, and development of a Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) Toolkit, including consultation with Tribes, stakeholders and experts.
•Family Forest indicators and guidance and associated terminology used in the standard, including direct engagement with family woodland owners and consultation with other stakeholders and experts.
•FSC US Region boundaries and regional requirements, and revision of the High Conservation Value Framework, including consultation with stakeholders and experts.
Interested individuals should contact Amy Clark Eagle (email@example.com), Director of Science & Certification, for more information and to receive a copy of the Scope(s) of Work.