Principle 1 : Compliance with laws and FSC principles .
Forest management must respect all national laws , international treaties and agreements to which the country is assignee and must comply with all FSC principles and criteria .
Principle 2: Right and responsibilities of ownership and uses.
Tenure and rights of long-term use of land and forest resources shall be clearly defined, documented and legally established.
Principle 3 : The right of indigenous peoples .
The legal and customary rights of indigenous peoples to own, use and manage their lands, territories and resources shall be recognized and respected.
Principle 4 : Community relations and workers rights .
Forest management operations shall maintain or enhance the social and economic long-term welfare of forest workers and local communities.
Principle 5 : Optimize forest benefits .
Forest management should promote the efficient use of multiple forest products and services to ensure economic viability and a wide range of environmental and social benefits.
Principle 6 : Environmental impact.
Forest management shall conserve biological diversity and its associated values, water resources , soils, and unique and fragile ecosystems and landscapes. By so doing, the ecological functions and the integrity of the forest be maintained.
Principle 7: Management plan and its implementation.
A management plan appropriate to the scale and intensity of the proposed operations shall be written , implemented and updated. In the same shall be clearly stated objectives .
Principle 8 : Monitoring and evaluation.
They should be assessed according to the scale and intensity of forest management , forest condition , the yield of forest products, chain of custody, management activities and their social and environmental impacts.
Principle 9 : Maintenance of forests with high conservation value.
Management activities in forests with high conservation value maintain or enhance the attributes that define such forests.
Decisions regarding forests with high conservation value should always be taken from the context of a precautionary approach.