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Guidelines for Sustainable Silviculture for Chinese Companies Overseas

Scope of Application

Guidelines for companies engaged in forestry and logging activities overseas.


Offers specific guidance to protect and develop forest resources in a sustainable and efficient manner.

General Key Points

Forestry Companies should: 

  • Abide by host countries’ laws and regulations.
    • Comply with relevant conventions and agreements signed by China and host countries. 
Key Points on Stakeholder Engagement

Forestry Companies should: 

  • Inform local communities and relevant departments of plans. 
  • Establish a consultation mechanism with local communities. 
  • Protect forestland with cultural, ecological, economic, or religious significance to local communities. 
  • Encourage community residents to participate in decision-making. 
  • Prevent activities from directly or indirectly threatening or impairing the resources or the right of use of local residents. 
  • Establish a mechanism for training and guiding workers
  • Safeguard the legal rights and interests of workers. 
  • Provide employment opportunities, training programs, and social services to local residents. 
Key Points on Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

Forestry Companies should: 

  • Formulate, revise, and implement plans which should cover the following:
    • Measures to protect the environment; ecosystems; and precious, rare, threatened, or endangered fauna and flora, as well as their habitats.
    • Measures to monitor project activities as well as compliance with host country requirements in a timely and effective manner.
  • Establish an appropriate forest-monitoring system.
    • Regularly maintain forest resource records that cover the scope and intensity of activities.
    • Publicly disclose monitoring results. 
Applies to
August 2007
State Forestry and Grassland Administration (SFGA)
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