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Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment approved for Brazil

Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment approved for Brazil

Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment (NRA) was approved for Brazil. Once the completed NRA had been approved at national level, it was given final approval by the policy and standards unit of FSC International.

The assessment provides the risk designations to be used by organizations sourcing Controlled Wood in Brazil, following the FSC Controlled Wood chain of custody standard FSC-STD-40-005 V2-1. The NRA was developed and approved according to the normative requirements for risk assessments, following both the procedure FSC-PRO-60-002 V 2-0 and the Controlled Wood chain of custody standard.

The national working group carried out the risk assessment across the country at the ‘meso region’ level, using regions defined by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics. Separate assessments for ‘native’ and ‘planted’ forests were made for all Controlled Wood categories.

Uniquely among other approved NRAs, the assessment for Brazil refers to the revised Controlled Wood system, as well as the current one, and contains ‘specified risk’ designations whereby the exact type of risk present is identified, in addition to ‘unspecified risk’ used by the current framework.

The aim of this was to prepare for a revision of the NRA according to the revised requirements once they are approved and made effective by FSC. When using version 2-1 of the Controlled Wood standard FSC-STD-40-005, the ‘specified risk’ designations in the NRA shall be treated as ‘unspecified’ risk.

Also unique was that direct participation in the FSC Centralized National Risk Assessment (CNRA) process by FSC Brazil and the NRA working group allowed the use of CNRA outcomes for assessing the presence of ‘conflict timber’ in the country.

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