SFI Forest Certification Standards Advance Key Global Sustainability and Conservation Priorities

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), participating in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress today, shared the news of its new forest certification standard revisions, which advance solutions to some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. The new standards build on SFI’s announcement at the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 of the formation of the Conservation Impact Project, which is focused on addressing climate change, biodiversity, and water quality on the SFI footprint.

This combination of SFI’s standards and conservation work helps provide nature-based solutions to global challenges such as climate change, while contributing to biodiversity. Coupled with SFI’s scale, as represented in hectares influenced by SFI standards and by the strength of the SFI network, including conservation collaborations, this combination of standards and conservation can provide transformational solutions.

“SFI has a mission to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaboration, and together, our new standards and conservation work position SFI as leader in leveraging the power of sustainably managed forests as a tool of change,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO, SFI. “Our association with IUCN facilitates our ability to work collaboratively with critical partners and contribute to these important issues.”

One highlight of the new standards is the SFI Climate Smart Forestry Objective. Forests play a central role in the carbon cycle and with proper management can be one of the most effective nature-based solutions to the climate crisis. SFI-certified organizations will now be required to ensure forest management activities address climate change adaptation and mitigation measures.

Another important highlight is the SFI Fire Resilience and Awareness Objective, which requires SFI-certified organizations to limit susceptibility of forests to undesirable impacts of wildfire and to raise community awareness of fire benefits, risks, and minimization measures.

“The new SFI standards include real, tangible actions that will impact hundreds of millions of acres, transforming how we manage forests now and into the future,” said Karla Guyn, CEO of Ducks Unlimited Canada, a member of the Canadian Committee for the IUCN, and Chair of the SFI Board. “Thanks to the collaborative process that led to their development, I believe we’ll see important progress on key issues like mitigating climate change, supporting wildlife, cleaning our water, and contributing to the economic recovery process.”
more at source: https://www.forests.org/sfi-forest-certification-standards-advance-key-global-sustainability-and-conservation-priorities/

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