FSC Group Certification Toolkit
With this toolkit, WWF and the Estonian Fund for Nature offer practical guidance to small forest owners and potential group managers in order to support improvements in forest management through FSC certiﬁcation.
The toolkit has been developed speciﬁcally for the Estonian context by the consulting company Nepcon and the FSC national working group in Estonia. Most of the tools are however usable and adaptable worldwide. Guidlines are given in the document how to adapt relevant parts to other countries.
Purpose and structure
This toolkit is designed as a reference and guidance material for forest managers and owners who want to be part of the FSC certiﬁed group of forest owners or run such a group. The toolkit has two main parts: one for the group manager and the other for it’s members. The main part of the group member as well as the group manager toolkit consists of checklists, which help the managers to check and plan their activities. In case more information or help is needed, a reference to the supporting documents (more detailed explanations, templates and various forms) is provided in the checklist.
The ﬁrst part of group member toolkit will help each group member to prepare for the certiﬁcation. The ﬁrst part of group manager toolkit is aimed at establishment of a group scheme and assuring the compliance with the technical requirements related to group management. The second part of group member and group manager toolkit focuses on maintaining high level forest management in a systematic way.