For Group Forest Management there is an additional definition to consider and some additional guidance for Chain of Custody certification as detailed following.
The additional definition below applies:
A forest owner/manager covered by the group forest certificate, who has the ability to implement the requirements of the sustainable forest management standard in a certified area.
Note: The term “ability to implement the requirements of the sustainable forest management standard” requires the entity to have a long-term legal right, tenure right, or traditional or customary tenure rights to manage the forest and would disqualify one-off contractors from becoming participants in group forest management certification.
Guidance for chain of custody
It is required that where a group entity sells or trades in forest products originating from outside of their defined forest area (DFA), and where claims of certification are to be made, the group entity holds valid Chain of Custody certification.