In sum, the main objectives of the project were:
1) To undertake a practical test of the application of Draft 2.0 of the Indonesia – National Forest Stewardship Standard (Indonesia NFSS). This test included assessment of the:
- clarity of indicators and normative annexes;
- auditability of indicators and normative annexes;
- availability and ability to generate data required to meet indicator;
- the level of variation between Scale Intensity and Risk levels;
- utility of guidance; and
- broader applicability in the overall Indonesian context.
2) To gain forest manager feedback on the practical applicability of the standard draft.
Preferred by Nature (formerly known as NEPCon) believes that our active participation in standards development allows us to remain well informed and involved in shaping the future of FSC and – in this case – the FSC national forest management standard for Indonesia. Furthermore, Preferred by Nature is working closely with the New Approaches Initiative from FSC, of which this process could truly benefit the smallholders.
The general approach for forest testing of the Indonesia NFSS was based on the Process Requirements for the Development and Maintenance of National Forest Stewardship Standards (FSC standard for FSC-STD-60-006 V1-2), section 8 & 9, Forest testing.
The field test was conducted by a team of 4 auditors/experts led by an international lead auditor; and these were supported by three representatives (as observers) from the Standard Development Group (SDG) Indonesia during the field work.
The field test was conducted in PT Wana Subur Lestari (PT WSL, West Kalimantan) during September 2018. The team reviewed several documents, covered a wide range of PT WSL operations/sites (such as harvesting, plantation, HCV areas, monitoring plots, logged over areas, nursery, and others), plus interviews with the FME staff. Furthermore, communities that may have been influenced by the standard was also consulted.
Other important components of the methodology included:
- Stakeholder consultation
- Desk review of the Indonesia NFSS
Preferred by Nature provided a work plan for review and approval from SDG prior to the field test. Based on the field test, Preferred by Nature provided a PowerPoint presentation with a summary of the field testing which were discussed with the SDG members. Preferred by Nature auditors also provided a full draft and final version of the report taking into account the comments from SDG members.