-- If not Canada, Where From? Customers can be Assured that When they are
Buying from Canada they are Making a Very Responsible Environmental
OTTAWA, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Forest Products Association of Canada
(FPAC) today called on other forestry nations to follow Canada's sustainable
forest management lead.
"There is absolutely no question that the world's forests are a precious
resource that requires enormous care and management," said Andrew Casey, FPAC
Vice President. "As concluded in recent reports by Sir Nicholas Stern and the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, deforestation is one of the largest
contributors to global warming. In addition, recent United Nations reports on
the state of the world's forests concluded that globally, deforestation
accounts for about 20% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. That same UN
report noted that Canada, one of the world's largest and most successful
forest products nations, has a deforestation rate of zero, primarily because
Canada is committed to sustainable forest management, recycling, and sound
"In this context, customers are quite rightly considering the
environmental impacts of the forest products they buy, and the environmental
policies and processes of their suppliers and the regions they draw resources
from," concluded Casey. "With zero deforestation, more original forest,
protected forest and third-party certified forest than any other country in
the world, an excellent track record in recycling and greenhouse gas emissions
reductions and some of the toughest forest management regulations in the
world, our customers can be assured that when they are buying from Canada they
are making a very responsible environmental choice."
"While Canada shares stewardship of the boreal forest with other boreal
nations, including Russia, Scandinavia, and the United States, it is a vital
part of Canada's environmental, economic and social landscape," continued
Casey. "If all countries of the world could eliminate or virtually eliminate
deforestation as Canada has done, this would have an impact comparable to
eliminating fossil fuel emissions in the United States in terms of advancing
GHG mitigation efforts. FPAC has also joined other leading international
stakeholder groups in the global forest community in support of initiatives
aimed at reducing deforestation, eliminating illegal logging and improving
sustainable forest management practices worldwide."
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%(1)) 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(2)) than
any other country - 28 million hectares of these protected areas
occur in the boreal.
8. Canada has the most (134 million hectares(3) 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 over 40% 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) (Source: World Resources Institute Data Tables, 2000-2001)
(2) (Source: A Global Overview of Forest Conservation, WCMC, UNEP, CIFOR,
(3) (Source: Canadian Sustainable Forestry Certification Coalition,
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