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How innovation in FSC can help save our forests.
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Episode 20: Making data from the ground a reality – an interview with Joanna Nowakowska, Deputy Director, FSC Technology and Information Unit Worm, Loa Dalgaard What is the status of the roll out of FSC Digital Audit Reporting? That is the focus of this episode of Forest for the Future. FSC Digital Audit reporting was released in a pilot version in October 2020. The project will for the first time bring all FSC audit reports into one structured unified format. This format will collect the same information as in the past but in a much smarter way. And it will ensure that data points from the audit travels from the document to a global database. This will enable FSC to start doing analytics across the FSC certified forest areas, so we can spot trends, address risks and challenges and simply just put ourselves and our system in a position to perform better. In this episode we take a look at how piloting and roll out is progressing in an interview with Joanna Nowakowska, the Deputy Director of FSC Technology and Information Unit and Program Lead for FSCs Data, Analytics, Evaluation and Learning.
Episode 19: How blockchain can help FSC - Interview with CIO Michael Marus Worm, Loa Dalgaard What is the status of the FSC blockchain pilot? That is the focus of this episode of Forest for the Future, where we talk to FSC CIO Michael Marus and dive deep into the beta pilot, that has just launched. We cover all of the questions on who, how, when and why. But we also allow Michael to look ahead and dream big for a bit about what a blockchain in FSC could enable.
Episode 18: What keeps the FSC International Board up at night? An interview with the members of the FSC International Board Strategic Planning Committee Worm, Loa Dalgaard This episode focuses on the new FSC Global Strategy as a whole and features an interview with the members of the FSC International Board Strategic Planning Committee, Alan Thorne, Mauro Armelin and Zandra Martinez. The episode dives into questions like - what is the evolvement since the last strategy? - What will be the fundamental pieces to get right in order to achieve success - and what keeps the FSC board of directors up at night? The episode concludes the series on the new FSC global strategy 2021 – 2026.
Episode 17: A FSC relevant for communities, smallholders and Indigenous Peoples with Vera Santos, New Approaches Program Manager and Francisco Souza, Managing Director, FSC Indigenous Foundation Worm, Loa Dalgaard This episode focus on smallholders, communities and indigenous peoples and their role of in the new FSC Global Strategy. The episode also concludes our mini series on the FSC Global Strategy. The episode dives into is why it is so important that FSC focus on smallholders and indigenous peoples. A lot of the answer lies in the fact that Indigenous Peoples manage one quarter of the earth and that their territories across the globe contains more than 80% of our most important biodiversity hotspots. In total smallholders, communities and Indigenous Peoples manage more than 500 million hectares of forests worldwide. And yet only 11 million hectares of that area is certified today. It will be central for FSCs ability to achieve the longterm strategy goals of growth and recognition of forest true forest value, that we are able to solutions which are fit for indigenous peoples, communities and smallholders. But what are those solutions and what are the specific indicators of success? That is what I talk to Vera Santos, the Program Manager for New Approaches in FSC and with Francisco Souza, the Managing Director of the FSC Indigenous Foundation about in the episode.
Episode 16: New ways to find common ground. Landscape approaches in FSC with Gemma Boetekees, FSC Stakeholder Solutions Director and Claude Garcia, Senior Scientist at ETHZ and CIRAD Worm, Loa In this episode we are going to look beyond FSC and certification for forest areas. We are going to look at the concept of landscape approaches and how we as FSC can help facilitate a holistic approach to management of landscapes across interests and stakeholders. The episode is based on a very interesting conversation with Gemma Boetekees, FSC Stakeholder Solutions Director, and Claude Garcia, senior scientist at ETHZ and CIRAD. The two will explain in depth what landscape approaches is and why it is so important that FSC finds new ways of working with forests as parts of landscapes.
Episode 15: Auditing from the sky. The launch of FSC GIS Portal. Interview with Andres Ramirez, FSC GIS officer Worm, Loa In this episode we return to the FSC GIS Portal, which is being launched the same day as the podcast episode releases. In an interview with Andres Ramirez, FSC GIS officer, we dive deep into what the GIS portal can do, who can use it, how it will help innovate auditing processes and what next features are envisioned.
Episode 14: Co-creating solutions for the World’s forests. FSCs Global Strategy 2021 – 2026, episode 2 of 3 featuring FSC Climate Director Pina Gervassi and WRI Senior Follow Walter Vergara Worm, Loa In this episode, we continue our small series of three podcasts, which is focus on the newly launched FSC Global Strategy 2021 – 2026. In this second episode we focus on the concept of co-creation as an essential part of the strategy. But what is co-creation? This is exemplified and explained in the podcast through the partnership between FSC and others in the WRI lead 20by20 initiative - a country-led effort to bring 50 million hectares of land in Latin America and the Caribbean into restoration by 2030. The episode is made with primarily with the audio from the global launch event for the FSC Global Strategy held on 9 December 2020 and features a conversation between FSC Climate Director Pina Gervassi and WRI Senior Follow Walter Vergara, who was an external advisor on the strategy development.
Episode 13: Utilizing data and technology to accelerate growth and impact. FSCs global strategy 2021 – 2026, episode 1 of 3 featuring FSC CIO Michael Marus and World Food Program CIO Enrica Porcari Worm, Loa In this episode, we start a small series of three podcasts, which is focus on the newly launched FSC Global Strategy 2021 – 2026. In the first episode we will focus on how FSC will utilize data and technology as prominent tools in delivering our strategy of accelerating our impact and increase the coverage of FSC certified area dramatically. The episode is made with primarily with the audio from the global launch event for the FSC Global Strategy held on December 9 2020 and features a conversation between FSC CIO Michael Marus and UN World Food Program’s CIO Enrica Porcari, who was an external strategic advisor on the strategy development.
Episode 12: FSC and climate mitigation. interview with Climate Director Pina Gervassi Worm, Loa Dalgaard In this episode we will talk to Pina Giavassi, the FSC climate director. Because I wanted us to talk about something we all know is important – climate change and how we tackle it in time. More specifically we will be talking about what FSC is doing to make the relevant tools available for our stakeholders and how we are collaborating with others on projects like the Gold Standard, restoration standards and the Green House Gas Protocal. And if you don’t know what either of those are – don’t worry Pina will get us all up to speed!
Episode 11: Why FSC, ISEAL and the certification world need open data, interview with Michael Marus, CIO and CTO of FSC International and Patrick Mallet, ISEAL Director of Innovations Worm, Loa Dalgaard The internet is flooded with information, databases and portals. But how do we make use of the wealth of data, that we have access to, and how can working differently with our data help certifications schemes like FSC? That is the topic of this episode of Forest for the Future, which focuses on the concept of Open Data. FSC and ISEAL Alliance are both moving rapidly in the direction of open data. But what is that and what could it bring to the certification world? And does open data mean open access to everyone everywhere to all the data, we have? Learn the answers to these questions and many more in this episode featuring FSC CIO Michael Marus and the Director of Innovations at ISEAL Alliance Patrick Mallet.
Episode 10: Showing the impact of FSC and linking with the research community, interview with Evaluations and learnings officer Franck Trolliet Worm, Loa Dalgaard What is the impact of FSC on the ground and can we use research to make our system even stronger and make informed decisions? How do we make scientific research accessible for ourselves and our stakeholders? That is the focus of this episode featuring Franck Trolliet, our Evaluations and learning officer. Franck will let you into his world of impact dashboards, research databases and scientific reporting.
Episode 9: Making FSC relevant for smallholders and communities worldwide. Interview with Vera Santos, New Approaches Project Manager at FSC Loa, Worm Smallholders and community forests play a key role in combatting climate change but only a fraction of them are certified to FSC. What is FSC doing to change that fact and make our system more relevant to this very important group of forest owners? That is the focus of this episode featuring Vera Santos, the program manager for New Approaches in FSC – a program aimed at developing solutions to make FSC more accessible for smallholders and communities worldwide. Vera will explain more about the solutions they are testing currently, like contractor certification, modular approach to certification and improvements to the group certification standard. She will also dive deeper into why we need different solutions for each region but how they can inform each other and still all fit under FSC.
Episode 8: Can wood samples help save our forests and improve due diligence? interview with Roger Young, Agroisolab, and Phil Guillery, FSC Loa, Worm How can gathering wood samples around the world help fight illegal logging and help companies perform due diligence? FSC is reinventing how wood samples can play a role in timber origin verification in a joint project of strong allies. Together with Agroisolab, The Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, World Ressources Institute and US Forest Services we are rethinking how forensic science can be used in timber and paper supply chains. In this episode we dive deep into the project called World Forest ID and learn much more about why the project is so innovative and what it might mean for the future of our forests worldwide.
Episode 7: How does a certification scheme respond to disruption by a pandemic? Interview with Hans Joachim Droste, Chief Policy Officer at FSC Worm, Loa The COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to a lot of things moving around the globe – both humans and natural resources. How does a certification scheme like FSC respond to this kind of disruption? A scheme where being able to travel to audit site or have certified goods supplies is central to being able to function. FSC has had to put a series of emergency rules – or derogations as they are named – into place to make sure businesses working with FSC weren’t put to a halt unjustified. In this episode, I dive into these derogations along with our Chief Policy Officer Hans Joachim Droste and learn more what they contain, how they were informed and created and what we have learned from the disruption already.
Episode 6 / Members edition: How is FSC responding as an organization to the COVID-19 pandemic? Interview with CEO Kim Carstensen Worm, Loa What has FSC done and is doing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic – both from an organizational point of view and as a certification scheme. How is FSC dealing with the challenges we are facing worldwide and what could we learn from the pandemic and the new situations we find ourselves in. Some of the content might be mostly relevant for members of FSC. But everyone is of course welcome to stay tuned and learn more about how we deal with the interruptions COVID is presenting to our normal flow of general assemblies and decision making processes.
Episode 5 : The Good Code Hackathon. Interview with Caly Heasman from Docusign and Joanna Nowakowska from FSC Worm, Loa In this episode of Forest for the Future we focuse on an exciting event coming up : The Good Code Hackathon, which will run from July 7th to August 31st 2020. The hackaton is sponsored by Docusign and will help FSC address one of the immediate challenges, which we’ve been faced with : How do you perform audits in a place, that you cannot get to because of COVID-19? In the episode Caly Heasman, Developer Relations Director at DocuSign, and Joanna Nowakowska, Program manager for Data, Evaluations, Analytics and learning at FSC, explain the hack, the prizes and why the hack is so important to both Docusign and FSC. Register for the Good Code today here: https://docusign2020.devpost.com
Episode 4: How blockchain can help FSC - Interview with CIO Michael Marus Worm, Loa In this episode we will be looking at what FSC is doing with Blockchain and why. You will hear about what blockchain is, how it can be integrated into FSC, what the timelines are and how our blockchain integrates with all of the other blockchain pilots out there with our stakeholders.
Episode 3: How standardized data can help improve standards and measure impact. Interviews with Joanna Nowakowska and Chong Sean Zheng Worm, Loa In this episode we will be looking into how FSC is working to standardize the way information is captured from audit reports. This aim is to make the data more useful to both ourselves and all of our stakeholders. We will be asking Joanna Nowakowska and Sean Cheng, who are working on the project.
Episode 2: How is GIS innovating FSC audits? Interviews with Joanna Nowakowska and Andrés Felipe Ramírez Worm, Loa In this episode we will be looking into how FSC is utilizing GIS tools to innovate the way audits are being informed and even performed. We will be diving into how GIS based tools can help FSC provide digital solutions to the new challenges we are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because how does a certification system like FSC function, if auditors can’t travel and get on the ground? GIS based verification may be part of the answer.
Episode 1: Why should FSC digitalize? Interviews with Kim Carstensen, CEO, and Michael Marus, CIO Worm, Loa Why is it so important that FSC invests in digital? Can tech tools really protect forests? And how will new tools impact current and future FSC certificate holders, retailers, NGOs, governments, researchers and consumers? That’s what we will ask the director of FSC Kim Carstensen and the CIO of FSC Michael Marus in this first episode of Forest for the future.
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