– If not Canada, Where From? Customers can be Assured that When they are Buying from Canada they are Making a Very Responsible Environmental Choice –

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 environmental performance.”

“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,” added 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,” concluded 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.”

FPAC is the voice of Canada’s wood, pulp and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade and environmental affairs.  Canada’s forest industry is an $80 billion dollar a year industry that represents 3% of Canada’s GDP.  The industry is one of Canada’s largest employers, operating in over 320 Canadian communities and providing nearly 900,000 direct and indirect jobs across the country.

10 Key Facts about Canada’s Forests
August 2007

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% ) 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  ) than any other country – 28 million hectares of these protected areas occur in the boreal.

8. Canada has the most (134 million hectares  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.

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For more information:

Isabelle Des Chênes
Director, Communications
Forest Products Association of Canada
(613) 563-1441 ext : 323
ideschenes@fpac.ca