- Canada is Proud Home to nearly 45% of the World's Certified Forests -
OTTAWA, Sept. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Forest Products Association of Canada
(FPAC) today re-affirmed that Canada is a global leader in sustainable forest
management, having retained 91% of its original forest area, more than any
other country in the world, while having had a large and thriving forest
products industry for more than a hundred years.
"Concern for the state of the world's natural resources and the
environment in general has never been more focused. People want to know that
the forests are being regenerated, that wildlife habitats are being protected,
and that forest biodiversity is respected and maintained," said Avrim Lazar,
President and CEO of FPAC. "Canadians can be proud of Canada's forest
management practices which are recognized as world leading. From an
environmental and forest stewardship standpoint, there is simply no better
place in the world from which to source forest products."
In January 2002, the member companies of the Forest Products Association
of Canada undertook an ambitious commitment, the only one of its kind by a
national forest products trade association in the world. FPAC members
committed to certify all of their forestry operations to one of three major
internationally recognized 3rd-party SFM standards by the end of 2006.
Certification imposes rigour and goals and intensifies the focus on continual
improvement. FPAC announced this past February that all FPAC forestlands under
the January 2002 commitment had been certified.(1)
"FPAC's certification commitment has brought about a rapid growth in SFM
certification in Canada. Testament to this growth is that one month before the
FPAC commitment, 17 million hectares were certified in Canada, and just 5
years later, the number has increased nearly 8 fold, to 134 million hectares,"
continued Lazar. "
"This was yet one more commitment by FPAC members to provide their
customers with the assurance that they are buying products from the most
sustainable of sources," added Lazar. "Today less than 10% of the world's
forests are certified but nearly 45% of those certified forests are found in
Canada. While we know that we can do better, we encourage other forest
producing nations to do the same."
FPAC is the only trade association in the world with a commitment
regarding 3rd-party SFM certification as a condition of membership. And, with
an eye towards continual improvement, FPAC members are collaborating with
environmental and conservation groups to protect and restore sensitive
habitats and endangered species.
FPAC is the voice of Canada's wood, pulp and paper producers nationally
and internationally in government, trade and environmental affairs. Canada's
forest industry is an $80 billion dollar a year industry that represents 3% of
Canada's GDP. The industry is one of Canada's largest employers, operating in
over 320 Canadian communities and providing nearly 900,000 direct and indirect
jobs across the country.
10 Key Facts about Canada's Forests
Canada is a global leader in sustainable forest management:
1. Canada's rate of deforestation is zero and has been for over two
decades (United Nations FAO State of the World's Forests report
issued in March 2007).
2. Canada has world leading forestry practices and regulatory regime -
conclusion of an independent third party report conducted by
Dr. Benjamin Cashore, Associate Professor of Sustainable Forest
Policy, and Chair of the Program on Forest Certification at the Yale
School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
3. Canada is home to 30% of the world's boreal forest. The remainder is
found in other large forestry nations such as Russia (50%) and
Scandinavia - Finland, Sweden and Norway - (about 20%).
4. 93% of Canada's forests are publicly owned and regulated. This
provides assurance that companies operating on these lands are bound
by: comprehensive legislation and enforcement; 20-25 year forest
management plans; rolling 5 year development plans and site specific
annual operational plans; and forest management plans subject to
public review prior to approval.
5. Canada retains more (91%(2)) original forest area than any other
country in the world.
6. Only one quarter of Canada's forests are managed for commercial use.
The vast majority (70%) of the boreal region remains un-accessed. Of
this only .5% (1 million hectares) is harvested annually. By law, all
harvested areas must be promptly regenerated.
7. Canada has more protected forest (over 40 million hectares(3)) than
any other country - 28 million hectares of these protected areas
occur in the boreal.
8. Canada has the most (134 million hectares(4) of certified forest- 75%
of which is in the boreal) 3rd party independently certified forests
(CSA, FSC, SFI) in the world.
9. Canada is home to nearly 45% of the world's certified forests; and
its area of certified boreal forest is 3 times larger than any other
country's area of certified total forest.
10. Canada's forest products industry is a global leader in climate
change mitigation. Members of the Forest Products Association of
Canada (FPAC) have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 44%
since 1990 - seven times Canada's Kyoto targets.
(1) One FPAC member's division underwent a 3rd-party audit and is
awaiting its FSC certificate expected soon. The land base represents
approximately 1% of FPAC's committed land.
(2) (Source: World Resources Institute Data Tables, 2000-2001)
(3) (Source: A Global Overview of Forest Conservation, WCMC, UNEP, CIFOR,
(4) (Source: Canadian Sustainable Forestry Certification Coalition,
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