Draft 3 Topics - Scale, Intensity and Risk

Scale, Intensity and Risk

Where a Principle or Criterion in the P&C V5-1 requires the consideration of Scale, Intensity and Risk (SIR), FSC gives SDGs the option to develop additional variations of indicators and verifiers for low, medium and high impact organisations.

During consultation on Draft 2 of the Standard, the SDG released a discussion paper on a potential approach to SIR. A number of detailed submissions dealing with the SIR discussion paper were received and have been considered. Additionally, FSC International has since released a second consultation draft of FSC-GUI-60-002 V1-0 EN Scale, Intensity and Risk (SIR) Guideline for Standard Developers which has also been considered in the development of this draft.

The below approach for determining SIR has been included in Draft 3. However, an alternative to determining the scale in Native Forestry (Table 1a) is also being considered and will be looked at as part of forest testing this draft. Stakeholders are welcome to provide comments on both.

Determining SIR Categories:

A FMU may be separated into two or more subunits for the purposes of SIR. For example, low SIR may apply to plantations within an FMU, and high to native forest within the same FMU.

The SIR ranking determined under Path 1 (native forest) and/or path 2 (plantation forest) is to be used in the Criteria and Indicators within the standard where SIR is relevant.

Path 1 - Native Forest SIR rating

Table 1a: Native Forest Scale Rating

Step 1: Based on the average operation size (that is discrete, contiguous harvest unit or coupe) and the average annual harvested area identify a ‘scale rating’ for your FMU.

Scale Rating

Average Operation Size

Average Annual Harvested Area (Calculated over previous 5 years as a percentage of the FMU)

1-10 ha

10-50ha

50-75ha

>75ha

> 20%

Medium

High

High

High

15 – 20%

Medium

Medium

High

High

5-15%

Low

Medium

Medium

High

1-5 %

Low

Low

Medium

Medium

Table 1b: Native Forest Intensity Rating

Step 2: Using the table below, based on the average rotation age and the percentage basal area removal in the harvest area identify an ‘Intensity rating’. The percentage basal area removal should be based on the most intensive type of harvesting practiced within the FMU, unless it can be demonstrated that the highest intensive activities are infrequently undertaken (e.g. the occasional clearfell harvest in a largely selective operation).

Intensity Rating

Proportion or Tree Removal

Rotation Age

<25%

BA Removal

<25-50%

BA Removal

<50-75%

BA Removal

<75-100%

BA Removal

<25 years

Medium

High

High

High

25 – 50 years

Low

Medium

High

High

50-75 years

Low

Low

Medium

High

75 + years

Low

Low

Low

Medium

Table 1c: Native Forest SIR

Step 3: Using the table below, and the ‘Scale’ and ‘Intensity’ Ratings from Steps 1 and 2, determine an overall SIR rating.

Overall SIR

Intensity Rating

Scale Rating

Low

Medium

High

High

Medium

High

High

Medium

Low

Medium

High

Low

Low

Low

Medium

Path 2 - Plantation Forest SIR rating

Table 2: Plantation SIR

Using the table below determine a SIR rating for plantation operations. The intensity of active management activities should be based on the type of harvesting largely practiced within the FMU (ie greater than 50% of harvesting activity).

Overall SIR

Intensity of active management activities

Scale Rating

<25% BA Removal

>25% BA Removal

Large >50,000ha

Low

Medium

Medium 1,000 – 50,000ha

Low

Medium

Small <1,000ha

Low

Low

Alternative Table 1a:

Step 1: Based on the average operation size (that is discrete, contiguous harvest unit or coupe) and the average annual harvested area identify a ‘scale rating’ for your FMU.

Scale Rating

Average Operation Size

Average Annual Harvested Area (Calculated over previous 5 years)

1-10 ha

10-50ha

50-75ha

>75ha

>3000 ha

Medium

High

High

High

1000 – 3000ha

Medium

Medium

High

High

100 -1000ha

Low

Medium

Medium

High

<100 ha

Low

Low

Medium

Medium


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