2020 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for FSC – in the United States, and around the world. The pace of climate change aggravated events is increasing, with the huge and unprecedented fires in Australia only the latest catastrophe to capture the public eye. While such disasters are always tragic, they also educate people about the critical role of forests and the importance of responsible forest management. The climate crisis is generating ever-greater interest in FSC as a climate solution, which has prompted our newly ramped-up efforts to measure and communicate the impacts of FSC - including the commission of studies to quantify carbon storage additionality in FSC-certified forests. As we think about FSC’s impact, perhaps nothing matters more than our standard, which translates directly to environmental and social improvements on the ground wherever it is applied.
After significant consultation with key stakeholders, Canada’s Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry released a report today entitled: “Feast or Famine: Impacts of climate change and carbon pricing on agriculture, agri-food and forestry.”
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) was very pleased to participate in this important dialogue, which culminated in the publication of today’s report. The Senate findings included a list of 16 recommendations, many of which underscore the importance of the Canada’s forests and the forest products sector in addressing the climate change challenge.
Of particular interest to FPAC were the Committee’s suggestions related to the importance of forest bioproducts and the role they play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. FPAC was also pleased to note the Committee’s support for continued R&D investments that incents new ideas. “We are delighted that the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry acknowledges the importance of forest management in Canada and promotes initiatives to accelerate innovation in Canadian forestry operations,” offered FPAC CEO, Derek Nighbor.