Call for action on community forestry

    TORONTO, Sept. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Participants attending an international
community forestry workshop organized by the Canadian Environmental Network
(RCEN) will be calling on global forest leaders to take action on community
forestry-a novel form of forest management and tenure which grants local
peoples rights over the management of local forest resources.
    A plan of action for community forestry will be delivered on Wednesday
October 3 (between 4-5 pm) at a special session of the International Congress:
A Global Vision of Forestry in the 21st Century organized by the University of
Toronto's Faculty of Forestry. The plan of action will be the fruit of an
international community forestry workshop to be held this Sunday
(September 30) at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University
of Toronto. This workshop regroups community forest practitioners and
researchers from as far away as Asia, Africa, South America, Russia as well as
    Mark Purdon, PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of
Toronto and Interim Chair of the RCEN Forest Caucus, explains: "Community
forestry is a way to ensure the sustainability of forest management and
resource-based economies by recognizing that local people have an interest in
maintaining the health of local resources. In both developed and developing
countries, local peoples are seeking greater access to forests."
    Lynn Palmer with the Wildlands League and based in Thunder Bay agrees:
"Northern Ontario is facing a forest crisis and individuals, organizations and
communities are mobilizing around community forestry as a solution, one
creating sustainable jobs and a sense of ownership and greater responsibility
for forest resources."

    The RCEN is a non-partisan, democratic body that helps network the
Canadian environmental movement, assist smaller groups, capacity-build,
provide expertise to the Government, NGOs and Industry, and facilitate
involvement in public consultations with Environment Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Toronto: Mark Purdon, (647) 300-3990,; Ottawa: Sarah Heiberg, (613) 853-9810,

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