Consultations (Past)

NCCF Non-Wood Forest Resource (NWFR) Certification Standard
60 Days Public Consultation
08 June to 07 August 2020
Zero Draft Standard for Non-Wood Forest Resource

India is 10th most forested country in the world. With an area of 80.73 mha, some 24.56% of country’s geographical area under forest and tree cover. These areas are source of much of the wood and non-wood resource. We are aware about plenty of extraction of these NWFR, some are within sustainable limits and some are not. There is growing interest worldwide in India’s natural foodstuffs, traditional medicines and herbs, handicrafts, etc.

Standard for Non-Wood Forest Resources (NWFR) is being developed by NCCF is to benefit forest dwellers and local communities for whom extraction (collection/harvest) of NWFPs is an important source of livelihood. Moreover, commercial opportunities for NWFRs are emerging and certification can help and promote their marketing, ease of trade and facilitate market linkage while ensuring sustainability of NWFRs.

Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests, a not for profit organisation of India, is actively promoting sustainable management of natural resources and sustainable consumerism through the mechanism of certification. We have developed/are developing globally benchmarked and India specific sustainability standards for various constituents of our natural resource base, as our core activity, besides engaged in policy advocacy, awareness raising and capacity building.

The zero draft NWFR Certification Standard has been developed through a multi stakeholder Standard Development Group (SDG) following an open, transparent and consultative process through meetings and discussions. The set of stakeholders involved in the process includes resource owners, regulatory bodies, local communities, resource users, manufacturer, traders, institutions, experts, NGOs etc. The standard development has reached public consultation stage. Public and stakeholder consultations are an integral part of standard development process followed by NCCF.

We invite all stakeholders to submit their comments on the zero draft NWFR Certification Standard during the 60 days public consultation period. All sections of zero draft are open for comments, review and modifications.

The Zero Draft NWFR Certification Standard document contains, introduction, draft standard text and supporting glossary. The standard is organised in a four tier structure comprising of 3 themes, 10 principles, 39 criteria and 146 indicators.

Public Consultation Duration: 08 June 2020, Monday to 07 August 2020, Friday.

Public Consultation documents can be downloaded from here.

Short Note
Zero Draft Standard
Instruction Sheet for Comments
Comment Sheet

The comments on zero draft NWFR Certification Standard can be submitted within the consultation period to Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF) by several means:

1. Emailing comments at nwfp.mail@nccf.in
2. Commenting on PDF version of zero draft and emailing at nwfp.mail@nccf.in
3. Using a word document, to write comments and emailing at nwfp.mail@nccf.in
4. Using comment sheet available on website. Instructions to use it available below as well as in the comment sheet. Sending the comment sheet at nwfp.mail@nccf.in
5. Any other method as deemed fit.

Public /Stakeholder consultation is a significant part of NCCF’s Standard Setting Process. We Invite feedback from everyone on the Draft Trees Outside Forests Certification Standard (V0) during the 60 days consultation. All the stakeholders are invited to submit their comments and inputs on the draft document as per the following instructions to the below mentioned email id.
Email: consultationsfm@nccf.in
Consultation Period: 25th April 2018 – 24th June 2018
Related Documents
TOF Standard version zero
Comment Sheet for ToF consultation
Instruction sheet for ToF consultation
TOF Standard version zero
The 6 themes of the NCCF FM Standard to be developed were put on a 2 weeks online consultation for comments and suggestions from the SDG members and stakeholders. Post that the compiled reviewed version of the draft document was circulated to all the members for their comments and suggestions. The consultation schedule is provided below:
S. No. Consultation Timeline Related Documents
1 Basic Draft of the Identified Themes 15th June to 26thJune 2015 Cover Note Themes Background
2 Theme A ( Principles & Criteria) 07th September to 20th September 2015 Theme A
3 Theme B ( Principles & Criteria) 16th November to 30th November 2015 Theme B
4 Theme C ( Principles & Criteria) 16th November to 30th November 2015 Theme C
5 Theme D ( Principles & Criteria) 22nd December 2015 to 17th January 2016 Theme D
6 Theme E ( Principles & Criteria) 22nd December 2015 to 17th January 2016 Theme E
7 Theme F ( Principles & Criteria) 22nd December 2015 to 17th January 2016 Theme F
8 Public Consultation 03rd October 2016 to 02nd December 2016
Public /Stakeholder consultation is a significant part of NCCF’s Standard Setting Process. We Invite feedback from everyone on the Draft Forest Management Certification Standard (V0) during the 60 days consultation. All the stakeholders are invited to submit their comments and inputs on the draft document to the below mentioned email id.
Email ID for sending comments/inputs consultationsfm@nccf.in
Consultation Period: 03rd October 2016 to 02nd December 2016
Related Documents
Draft Forest Management
Glossary
List of laws
Stakeholder consultation is a significant part of NCCF FM accreditation requirements. We Invite stakeholders to meet with audit team, or submit written submission if preferred during the 30 days consultation. Consultation Period: 25th February 2020 – 25th March 2020 NCCF-FM Certification Applicant: Tripura Forest Development and Plantation Corporation Ltd. The interested stakeholder can contact GIPL to meet the audit team or submit their comments/feedback on the client operations as per the following instructions to the below mentioned email id:
  • Stakeholder can contact Nidhi Choudhary – nidhi@gicia.org for submitting a comment/complaint/feedback about applicant’s management practices that violates NCCF FM Certification standard and/or any national laws/regulations.
  • Stakeholders can meet the audit team on field provided they submit their interest along with their contact details on above mentioned email id. The audit team will get back to the concerned stakeholder for scheduling a stakeholder’s meeting/interview on field or over phone.
  • The audit team shall review the feedback received from stakeholders and will triangulate the comments based on evidence collected during the audit. Where necessary, audit team shall issue the non-conformities to the applicant on account of evidences collected.
  • Sites to be audited: Single certificate having rubber plantations in various districts of Tripura namely North, Sadar, South I, South II and Factory unit
Type of forest area: Commercial Rubber Plantation with some area of natural Forest Evaluation area: Area under scope of evaluation: 7087.74 hectare of Rubber Plantation The plantations are spread through Tripura state and divided in 5 field units- 4 field divisions and one division for Anandnagar Industrial factory unit. These are further divided in 38 compartments-also called RPC or field stations. Each compartment is further divided in tapping blocks and rubber processing centers (there are totally 20 RPCs for beneficiaries plantations) allocated to tappers for collection of latex HCV Area: 143 hectare of HCV Forest Audit Date – First week of April 2020 (tentative)

For more details, contact:

Nidhi Choudhary

Mob- +91-9350022203

Email- nidhi@gicia.org

GICIA India Pvt. Ltd.

Address- 505, V Floor, Matrix towers Sector 132 Noida, UP, 201303

NCCF Safeboards: Standards and Certification Scheme (SBCS) Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF), a not for profit organization of India, was established in January 2015 and registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. NCCF is actively promoting sustainable management of natural resources and sustainable consumerism through the mechanism of certification. We have developed/are developing globally benchmarked and India specific sustainability standards for various constituents of our natural resource base, viz; forests, trees outside forests, non-wood forest produce, protected areas and wetlands, quality planting material, ecotourism, biomass and biofuels, land degradation neutrality, etc., as our core activity, besides engaged in policy advocacy, awareness raising and capacity building in and multi-stakeholders engagements. Introduction Composite wood products have emerged as the most widely used and dominant building materials over the last three decades owing to their characteristics, viz; light weight, corrosion-free, insulation and cost-effectiveness. The boards, however, do not provide a healthy indoor air quality to the occupants owing to the resins and chemicals used in their production and continuous emissions from their usage even after years of installation. Formaldehyde emissions are a threat to all the stakeholders of plywood industry in terms of economic development, health effects and foreign trade. Sustainable and low-emitting furniture products have high demand in international markets and huge potential for domestic consumption as well. Purpose Safeboards: Standards and Certification Scheme (SBCS) are developed to provide certification to composite wood product manufacturers. These Standards are developed in a way to ensure that the product in scope, whenever and wherever passes through a process in value chain, is compliant with the requirements of these Standards. The implementation of the Standards aims to enable the organisations to provide accurate and verifiable information that the product has been certified by an accredited/approved third party certification body. Their development aims to encourage the composite wood products exports and compliance required towards human health regulations in the country and at the international levels. Public Consultation (60 Days) on Draft Safeboards: Standards and Certification Scheme (V0.3) Public /Stakeholder consultation is a significant part of NCCF’s Standard Setting Process. We are glad to inform you that with lot of inputs from our esteemed members, Safeboards team, and with guidance of our Chairperson, we were able to finalize Zero Draft of Safeboards: Standards and Certification Scheme (V0.3). We invite and appreciate feedback from everyone on the Draft Safeboards: Standards and Certification Scheme (V0.3) during the 60 days consultation. All the stakeholders are invited to submit their comments and inputs on the draft document as per the following instructions to the below mentioned email id. Email: safeboards@nccf.in Consultation Period: February 5, 2021 till April 6, 2021 Public Consultation documents can be downloaded from here. • Zero Draft Standard (NCCF-STD-SBCS-V 0.3/2021)Instruction Sheet for CommentsComment Sheet
For consultations regarding Carbon Registry-India (CR-I), visit www.cri.nccf.in