Forest SC Ghana Interim Standard


On Apr. 30, Forest SC published interim forest stewardship standard.


  • Forest SC released its new interim forest stewardship standard (IFSS) for Ghana.
  • Document dated Apr. 30, 2024, received from Forest SC May 6, summarized May 8.
  • Summary
  • Applies to all management unit categories, including provisions for small/low intensity managed forests (SLIMFs) and certification of non-timber forest products (NTFPs).
  • Ghana’s forests cover 35% land area, are a source of timber/non-timber products, employment, aid climate regulation, water catchment biodiversity and soil protection.
  • Is ecologically diverse from rain, deciduous, coastal to transitional forest-savannah.
  • The sector employs about 120,000, mainly in log processing, contributes to 36% GDP.
  • Forest SC is legally mandated to managed forest reserves, but Forestry Commission awards legal concession timber utilization contracts (TUCs) to legal forest entities.
  • Ghana's forest cover has dwindled since 1900, but it is implementing a national REDD+ strategy with conservation, restoration, and improved forest resource management.
  • IFSS incorporates Forest SC principles and criteria for effective forest management, and directly aligns with Ghana's forest plantation strategy (GFPS, 2016-2040), which aims to ensure planted forests are managed to deliver economic and ESG benefits.
  • Effectiveness
  • The new IFSS becomes effective from Aug. 1, 2024.

Regulators Forest SC
Entity Types Corp
Reference PR FSC-STD-GHA-02-2024, 4/30/2024; ESG
Functions Compliance; Environment; Human Rights; Legal; Operations; Reporting; Risk; Social
Countries Ghana; Global Regulator
Category
State
Products Commodities; Corporate
Regions Global
Rule Type Final
Rule Date 4/30/2024
Effective Date 8/1/2024
Rule Id 210987
Linked to N/A
Reg. Last Update 4/30/2024
Report Section International

Last substantive update on 05/08/2024