Because of the association of the forest sector in Russia and Belarus with armed invasion, no FSC-certified material or controlled wood from these countries will be permitted to be traded.
To continue to protect forests in Russia, FSC will allow forest management certificate holders in Russia the option of maintaining their FSC certification of forest management, but no permission to trade or sell FSC-certified timber. Carstensen explained: ‘We must act against aggression; at the same time, we must fulfill our mission of protecting forests. We believe that stopping all trade in FSC-certified and controlled materials, and at the same time maintaining the option of managing forests according to FSC standards, fulfills both these needs.
Note: This decision becomes effective within 30 days from the publication of the revised Controlled Wood Risk Assessments for Russia and Belarus later today, which is by the 8th of April 2022.