Forests with FSC label

In 2018, 3.7% of the Belgian forest surface had an FSC label. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must increase. This objective will be reached by continuing the trend since 2012. The forest area with FSC label is therefore developing favourably.

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Forests with FSC label - Belgium

percentage of forest area

//: Average Growth Rates

Calculations FPB based on Forest Stewardship Council (2012-2018), Global FSC certificates: type and distribution. December 2012-2018, and Statistics Belgium (2018), Utilisation du sol par commune et région, la Belqique (1834-2017), (consulted on 12/03/2019).

Definition: this indicator shows the proportion of forest area with an FSC label (Forest Stewardship Council) in the total forest area of the Belgian territory. FSC forest certification and evaluation are based on the principles and criteria defined by FSC International, which are further refined into a national or regional standard to take into account local specificities. A generic FSC standard is used in Belgium and an annual independent audit guarantees compliance with this standard (FSC Belgium, 2019). The forest area includes all types of forests as well as the other wooded areas. This indicator is calculated by the FPB on the basis of data from the Forest Stewardship Council and Statbel.

Goal: The forest area with FSC label must increase.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 include target 15.2: “By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally”.

The Federal Long-Term Strategic Vision for Sustainable Development contains objective 37: “The goods and services provided by ecosystems will be restored, valorised and used prudently and sustainably, contributing directly to the maintenance of biodiversity (Belgian Official Gazette, 08/10/2013).

The National Biodiversity Strategy 2020 also states as operational objective 4f.1: “Promote the conservation of forest biodiversity through independent credible forest certification systems that provide a guarantee for sustainable forest management” (National Focal Point to the Convention on Biological Diversity, 2013).

International comparison: no comparison can be made, since there are insufficient data available on the Eurostat website.

UN indicator: the selected indicator corresponds to indicator 15.2.1 - Progress towards sustainable forest management.


  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: (consulted on 26/04/2019).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: (consulted on 26/04/2019).

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