Uganda is a signatory to the United Nations Non-legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests (2008). The Instrument encourages the private sector, civil society organizations and forest owners to develop, promote and implement instruments, such as voluntary certification systems or other appropriate mechanisms, to develop and promote forest products from sustainably managed forests. This was in line with the Uganda National Forestry Policy which had been in existence since 2001.

Uganda embarked on development of a National Standard for responsible forest management based on global Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) principles, criteria and international generic indicators. The National Standard is being developed by the Forestry Standards Development Group – Uganda (SDG-Uganda) hosted by Environmental Alert on behalf of the Uganda Forestry Working Group ( UFWG) with support from World Wide Fund for Nature( WWF). The SDG is recognized and approved by with 21 members (7 per chamber = economic, environmental and social) composed of various stakeholders from research and academia, civil society, private sector and government mandated forestry institutions who were selected in a national consultative process.

Currently, the process is in advanced stages, thus the 2nd Draft National Forestry Stewardship standard (NFSS) was submitted to the FSC on the 29th March 2016. According to the FSC guidelines, it requires that the entire process of NFSS is built on a consultative process (FSC, 1998). This Draft 2 NFSS should therefore be subjected to consultations among stakeholders within 60 days as required by the guidelines.

The SDG Uganda therefore seeks your review, comments and feedback on Draft 2 NFSS.

You can download the draft and the feedback form here

Draft NFSS_Uganda_Forest Tested Draft _ March 2016_Submitted

Comments Form..EA

Please submit your comments and feedback before 27th May 2016 through Dr. Joshua Zake, Environmental Alert, and email: joszake@gmail.com, with copy to: PM@envalert.org, ed@envalert.org, steveamooti@gmail.com,stephen.khaukha@gmail.com, edward.mupada@gmail.com, masiimwe@wwfuganda.org

Additional information

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) is an international multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. (https://ic.fsc.org/en).

Benefits of FSC forest certification:

Good business: Forest certification promotes best forest management practices. It also leads to improvedmarket access,higher prices,more stable contracts,favorable credit arrangements, improved production efficiency and enhanced public image.

Beneficial to people and nature: It improves pay for workers, attention to worker safety,and training for workers and stimulates the development of community infrastructure.

Beneficial to the environment:Forest certification will ensure protection of endangered and threatened species,areas of cultural values and the safeguarding of soil and water values.It will also demonstrate legal logging and reduce illegalities.Sale of illegally logged timber will be limited and ecosystem services will be reinstated.

Beneficial to the consumer:Consumers will become environmentally aware and demand for forest products from forests that are well managed.

Beneficial to the forest owner:In addition to global market access, there will be better prices for the products as illegal logging, and cheaper imports become restricted.

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