New opening in the relationship between the Polish State Forests and FSC

Cooperation between the State Forests in Poland and FSC International was the subject of a meeting at the headquarters of the Directorate General of State Forests. Representatives from both institutions, as well as the Ministry of Climate and Environment, discussed the return to FSC certification.

The meeting, held on 29 February 2024, was attended by Mikołaj Dorozala, Deputy Minister of Climate and Environment, Jerzy Fijas, Deputy Director General of State Forests, and Kim Carstensen, Director General of FSC International.

“I am very pleased that we were able to organize this meeting at such short notice,” said Minister Mikolaj Dorozala. “This is in line with the government’s policy in the area of sustainable forest management that strengthens the natural and social functions of the forest, while increasing the competitiveness of the Polish timber sector.”

Currently, four out of seventeen regional directorates of the State Forests (RDSF) – Katowice, Szczecin, Szczecinek and Zielona Góra – hold FSC certificates, proving that the timber was harvested as a result of responsible forest management. The first two have used the derogation and are in the process of auditing with the intention of continuing to use the FSC certificate. If the audit is successful, the two RDSFs will be given the opportunity to do so till the end of August.
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