The consultation period was extended from Dec 10th to January 10th, so has just officially closed
See link below for a copy of the international Standard that is being adapting for Ireland
The document under development will be how forestry is assessed in Ireland for the next 5-10 years until the Standard is next updated.
There are a number of water quality requirements in the FSC Standard
The most relevant parts of the Standard for water quality: are all of the Indicators in Criteria 6.7, 7.3, 7.4, 8.2, 9.1, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.10, and the requirements of Annexes E, F & G.
Relevant legislation is included in Annex A (attached)
Annex J (attached) is a framework for identifying & protecting Ireland’s High Conservation Values.
Specifically HCV 4 & HCV 5 are to ensure concerns for water quality and watershed soil protection are adequately covered.
There is also a requirement for stakeholder involvement in forest management: Principle 4 (all of it), 5.3, 7.6.