The FSC Director General has delivered a positive approval decision for the "Swedish FSC SLIMF Standard for Forest Certification”. The approval of the Swedish SLIMF (Small and Low Intensity Managed Forest) standard will have a major impact on Swedish forest management as most forest owners in the country are smallholders.
On 24th March 2010, FSC Sweden submitted the SLIMF version of the national standard. Since then an assessment has been made by FSC PSU and submitted to the FSC Director General (DG), who is in charge of national standards decisions until the FSC Policy and Standards Committee is fully implemented. The Director General has approved the Swedish SLIMF Standard on 5th May 2010.
The Swedish SLIMF standard is a component of the national Swedish FSC standard that sets specific requirements for small and low intensity managed forests. On 24 February 2010 the "Swedish FSC Standard for Forest Certification" was approved. The Swedish national standard together with the SLIMF requirements will come into effect for all forest management certification in Sweden from 1st June 2010.
For further information, please contact Richard Robertson, the FSC Policy Manager in charge of coordinating the development of FSC national standards.
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