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PEFC ST 1003:201X, Enquiry Draft, Sustainable Forest Management – Requirements

Appendix 1: Guidelines for the interpretation of requirements in the case of forest plantations

The requirements 6.2.2, 6.2., 8.1.1, 8.2.1, 8.2.2, 8.4.1 and 8.6.1 cannot be applied to individual forest stands and shall be considered on a larger scale (bioregional) within the whole forest management unit where the stands of fast growing trees are complemented by buffer zones and set-aside areas which are dedicated to environmental, ecological, cultural and social functions.

In order to enhance landscape and biodiversity values, water and soil protection, the size and distribution of the buffer zones and conservation set-aside areas shall be identified at the preparatory stage of the forest plantation establishment, based on social, environmental and ecological assessment, as well as reviewed during the subsequent replanting stages.

8.1.4 The requirement for the “conversion of forests to other types of land use, and conversion of ecologically important forest areas to forest plantations ” means that forest plantations established by a forest conversion after 31 December 2010 in other than “justified circumstances” do not meet the requirement and are not eligible for certification.

8.1.5 The requirement for the “reforestation and afforestation of ecologically important non-forest ecosystems “ means that ecologically important non-forest ecosystems reforested or afforested after XX.XX.XXXX in other than “justified circumstances” do not meet the requirement and are not eligible for certification.

8.1.6 The interpretation in this appendix on  8.1.4 is not applicable to 8.1.6

The requirement in 8.3.5 for “due regard to nutrient off-take” in the case of forest plantations shall be considered with increased importance and shall be an important part of both the planning and management stages of the production cycle.

The requirement laid out in 8.4.2 shall primarily be addressed at the stage of the establishment of forest plantations and those areas shall form a part of buffer zones and set-aside areas which are dedicated to environmental, ecological, cultural and social functions.

The requirements 8.4.8, 8.4.9 and 8.4.13 do not usually apply forest plantations  and shall be understood to be primarily taking place in buffer zones and set-aside areas, which complement  forest plantations , and which are dedicated to environmental, ecological, cultural and social functions.

8.4.5 The evaluation of the impact of “introduced species, provenances or varieties” shall be understood as having increased importance for forest plantations  and shall be an important part of both the planning and management stages of the production cycle.