The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and PwC Canada have released an updated Buyers’ Guide to Canada’s Sustainable Forest Products so that customers can be well-informed and confident that their purchasing decisions are environmentally and socially responsible. The guide provides practical advice to help ensure buying decisions go beyond the traditional concerns of price, quality, and availability to also consider environmental and social impacts such as climate change, legality and certification. It will help inform the growing number of companies who wish to adopt green procurement policies as part of their efforts to achieve their own sustainability goals.
The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and its members understand and embrace the value and importance of managing Canada’s forests responsibly. Canada has the second largest forest cover in the world. We harvest much less than 1% of the forests annually and by law all harvested areas must be regenerated. We can proudly boast that Canada retains 90% of its original forest cover.
A recent World Resource Institute (WRI) report indicates that forest fires have increased in Canada’s boreal forest which puts Canada second on a global list for tree cover loss in 2013. It is important to define what WRI means by tree cover loss. The distinction between natural cycles and man-made land use changes are necessary considerations when calculating tree loss.
Permanent forest loss from urbanization and agriculture expansion is vastly different from temporary tree loss caused by harvesting or natural occurrences like forest fires and pest infestations where trees regrow. Forecasts using climate change scenarios suggest that fire and pest activity will increase across much of Canada’s forests. The forest products industry continues to collaborate with governments, academics and other stakeholders on climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.
“Canada is a world leader in sustainable forest management practices, and the forest products industry is doing more every day to improve its environmental footprint,” says the President and CEO of FPAC, David Lindsay, “Canadians can be proud of our careful management of our renewable forest resources. Even with our already strong green environmental credentials, the forest products industry has pledged under Vision2020 to do more and improve our environmental footprint by another 35% by the end of the decade.”
Canada has 163 million hectares or 43% of the world’s certified forests, four times more than any other country. Certified Forests are independently assessed giving assurance that they follow sustainable forest management practices. A Yale University study also says that Canadian forest management practices are among the most stringent in the world.
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