Three Indigenous Black women from Kenya wearing traditional attire.


Our Work

The FSC Indigenous Foundation (FSC-IF) is an Indigenous-led global entity part of the Forest Stewardship Council family.

We are co-creating Indigenous forest-nature-based solutions and promoting Indigenous rights and Indigenous holistic self-development worldwide.


The FSC-IF is connected strategically to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) group. FSC is a global non-profit membership organization that covers over 230 million hectares of certified forests and with a certification system connected to almost 50 thousand companies over 89 countries worldwide, promoting a voluntary certification system based on the highest standards of the market.

Following its long history of working to incorporate Indigenous Peoples’ rights and Free, Prior and Informed Consent into sustainable forest management around the world, in 2013, FSC set up the Permanent Indigenous Peoples’ Committee (PIPC) to  ensure that Indigenous voices are heard at the highest levels of FSC decision-making. The PIPC is a global advisory committee to advise the FSC International Board on the FSC certification system, safeguard Indigenous Peoples’ rights, enhance forest management, and support Indigenous Peoples in building FSC certified forest stewardship, increasing their market share and value.

Through a collaboration of the PIPC and the FSC, the FSC-IF was established in 2018 with headquarters in Panama to support Indigenous Peoples themselves as drivers of change for their territories, development, and rights, and their active role in forest and nature-based solutions worldwide.


The motivations that led us to create the FSC Indigenous Foundation are:

  • The global importance of Indigenous Peoples who manage a quarter of the world’s land surface, containing even richer biodiversity than protected areas.
  • Indigenous territories are a source of global solutions to climate change and carbon cycle management, while delivering sustainable livelihoods and strengthening sustainable forest economies.
  • The participation of Indigenous Peoples in sustainable production chains corresponds to only 1% of the 300 million hectares of certified forest on the planet.
  • Only a fraction of funding for Indigenous Peoples and local communities land tenure and forest management directly reaches Indigenous Peoples’ organizations and local communities.
  • The importance of protecting Indigenous customary rights and valuing their livelihoods and practices as an underlying principle for promoting sustainable forest-nature-based solutions and Indigenous forest enterprises linking Indigenous values, vision, and knowledge and  the FSC certification system.



Our mission is to co-create Indigenous forest-nature-climate based solutions and promote Indigenous rights, Indigenous holistic self-development, and Indigenous self-reliance worldwide.


Our vision is that the global value of Indigenous Peoples and their rights, livelihoods, ecosystem services, natural capital, and territories are recognized and incorporated into forest governance, climate finance and funding mechanisms, and market systems.

Strategic Pillars

Indigenous leadership and capacity building
Indigenous Leadership and Capacity Development
Indigenous rights and territorial governance
Indigenous Rights and Territorial Governance
Indigenous economies and self-development
Indigenous Forests, Climate Change, Economies and Self-Development
Indigenous financial mechanisms
Indigenous Financial Mechanisms
Indigenous cultural landscapes
Indigenous Cultural Landscapes
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