Article 39. Forest Code of the Republic of Belarus

  Forest certification is an element of sustainable forest management and carried out in order to achieve economically viable, environmentally responsible and socially responsible forest management. In the process of forest certification is set to match the quality of forest management, forest management and forest resources of the current forest legislation, national standards, criteria and indicators for regulating reproduction, conservation and protection of forests, timber harvesting and other forest resources. Forest certification is part of a national certification system specifically accredited services, issuing relevant documents to forest users (forest certification, forest certification marks), and performing further audit. National system of forest certification has corresponded with the international forest certification systems. 


About Forest Certification

Mission. The purpose of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is to promote environmentally responsible, socially-oriented and economically sustainable forest management and management of the world's forests.

 Ecologically responsible forest management ensures that the timber and timber forest products does not threaten biological diversity does not diminish the productivity and ecological functions of forests.

 Socially oriented forest management provides both local people and society as a whole, the benefits of forest management in the long term, and also creates incentives for local communities to preserve the forest resources and forest management, based on long-term planning.

 Economically sustainable forest management means that forest management is built and implemented in a manner that provides sufficient economic benefits without loss to the forest resources, ecosystem quality, and without prejudice to the local population. The contradictions between the need for financial gain and the principles of responsible forest management can be minimized by the application of effort in the production of forest products deep processing.

Benefits. FSC is an international organization that supports a system that allows all parties whose interests are related to forest relations, to carry out activities aimed at the responsible forest management.

 FSC provides forest owners, organizations, managing the forest resources, processing companies, non-governmental organizations and other interested groups have equal access and a voice in the governance of forest resources, which is democratic, transparent and ensuring equal access to management.

Also provides an additional effect of FSC, which consists of the following:

  •  International recognition of the idea that forest management should not compromise the natural forest resources and forest operations shall comply with this idea.
  •  The possibility of finding new markets for products certified by FSC and the related recognition of the market need for responsible forest management.
  •  Interoperability between the different parties involved in the development of responsible forest management - forest owners, social, environmental organizations - to address problems in forest relations.
  •  The guarantee for the future generations that they will be able to benefit from the use of forest resources.
  •  Ensuring that responsible forest management practices will be having a positive momentum in its development.
  •  Guarantee respect for the rights of owners of forest resources.
  •  Guarantee the legality of forest management.
  •  Guarantee respect for the rights of workers and indigenous people.
  •  Ensuring that areas with natural values and habitat for species threatened with extinction, are not susceptible to adverse effects.
  •  The ability to use the trademark of FSC, demonstrating that this product is derived from a legal and responsible forest management.
  •  The possibility of opening new markets for products certified by FSC.
  •  The possibility of obtaining support for responsible forest management by the authorities at all levels.

Certification. Certification by the FSC certification bodies accredited to the FSC. FSC, as an organization does not carry out forest certification. Because of this FSC has the ability to maintain an independent approach to the development of requirements and standards, and independent attitude to the certification company.

 FSC provides monthly updates of certificates issued by certification bodies accredited in the FSC. For the latest information about the issued certificates in the list of certificates at the Center for recordkeeping.

There are two types of certificates issued by certification bodies:

1. Certificate of quality system of forest management (FM)

 Certification of quality of forest management includes checking the quality of forest management by an independent accredited certification body for compliance with internationally recognized principles for responsible forest management.

 In the case of compliance FSC certification body issues a certificate forest user. Certified forest user receives the right to claim that its products are obtained as a result of responsible forest management.

 But before you sell their products as certified by the FSC, forest user must pass the certification of quality system tracking the origins of products - the so-called certification chain from producer to consumer (FM).

2. Certificate of quality system tracking the sources of origin

 Certification of quality system tracking the origins of products ensures that products are certified to the FSC. Certification of the chain from producer to consumer keeps track of products from raw materials obtained in the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing products.

 From a consumer perspective, the FSC trademark is a guarantee for the consumer - that the products are certified. Standards for certification of quality system tracking the origins of products - the mechanism that provides such a guarantee.

 Production stage, past quality system certification tracking the origins of products, given the right to label products FSC trademark.


Structure. Forest Stewardship Council - an international association composed of various groups representing environmental and social organizations, trade and forest companies, indigenous people, responsible corporations, local communities and certification bodies around the world.

 FSC has a unique governance structure, built on the principles of participation, democracy and equality. FSC has three levels of decision making:

 The General Assembly of members of the FSC - the highest decision making body and consists of three sections - environmental, social and economic. The purpose of such a structure - a balance among the voting members representing various interests, with no limit on the number of members of the organization.

 Board of Directors - body, accountable to the members of the FSC. It consists of nine representatives elected from each unit on a three-year period.

 Operational management is carried out by the Executive Director with support staff from different national cultures. The head office of the Executive Director is based in Bonn (Germany).

History. In 1990, California brought together representatives of users of timber, trade organizations and environmental and human rights organizations. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of simultaneously improving the efficiency of environmental protection measures and reduce deforestation. Conclusions of the meeting confirmed the need for honest and reliable system for identifying forests with environmentally responsible forest management system as acceptable sources of forest products. Thus began the FSC.

 In September 1993, in Toronto (Canada) 130 representatives from around the world held a founding meeting of the Forest Stewardship Council. In October 1993 an agreement was reached on the establishment of FSC, and in August 1994 by a vote of the founding members agreed and adopted the charter of the Council, the principles and criteria of FSC.


Brief report for the public according to the results of activities of “Vitebsky leskhoz” State Forestry Management Establishment for the year 2011 

Measures for preservation and maintenance of forests having the high nature conservation value 

Protected species, common in “Vitebsky leskhoz”;

Policy on Forest Certification "Vitebsky leskhoz" 

Public summary report on the results of "Vitebsky leskhoz" for 2012; 


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