The forest products sector is inviting Canadians to show their appreciation of trees and forests by taking part in a United Nations-sponsored contest highlighting International Day of Forests 2019.

The Food And Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has established “Forests and Education” as the theme to mark the occasion and in doing so, the international body is inviting teachers and non-teachers across the globe to prepare a short video that shows how they educate children about the importance of trees and forests for our planet’s future.

“About one-third of our country is made up of forest, more than any other country on earth.  As a result, Canadians from coast to coast have a strong connection to our forests and would agree that keeping this precious resource healthy and sustainable is vital,” says Derek Nighbor, CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada. “This is an opportunity for teachers or parents to express on the world stage, how they are teaching children about the value of our forests in combatting climate change, our global leadership in sustainable forest management and the majestic nature of our forests that we all want to preserve.”

The deadline for video submissions is December 15. Contributions will be posted on the FAO website and the winner of the contest will join the international celebration of International Day of Forests on March 21, 2019 in Rome.

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FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. The $69-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 2% of Canada’s GDP and is one of Canada’s largest employers operating in more than 600 communities and providing 230,000 direct jobs across the country.

For more information contact:

Cheryl Miltimore
Director, Communications and Labour Policy
Forest Products Association of Canada
613-563-1441 x303
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