What We're Doing To Keep Our Forests as Forests Forever
“There is no future without addressing climate change, and forests are a key component to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement…”
In capturing carbon, Canada’s forests play a critical role in our fight against climate change; as younger forests mature, they absorb carbon faster than mature forests. But over time, as our forests mature and decay, they not only gradually lose their carbon-absorbing benefits but, whether it be from drought, insect infestation, fire or disease, they are increasingly likely to release stored carbon back into the atmosphere, turning our trees from climate change assets into liabilities.
By 2030, through the sustainable management of our forests, the decarbonization of our manufacturing and supply chains, and the carbon stored in wood products, our sector is poised to pull the equivalent of 30 megatons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year.
That’s where our sector comes in: through internationally-recognized practices and the carefully-planned harvesting and regeneration of our forests, we ensure they retain their carbon-capturing potential while respecting the wildlife and biodiversity that will help keep our forests as forests forever.
But our commitment to future generations and meeting our country’s 2050 emissions targets doesn’t end there. From building taller with carbon-storing wood to using wood chips to make bioplastics, innovation in our forest sector has the potential to lower our carbon footprint and make Canada a world-leader in a growing, green, global economy.
Today almost 60% of Canada’s forest industry runs on bioenergy (and that number is growing). But our commitment to a greener, more prosperous future extends beyond just reimagining our own sector.
Since the early 1990s, Canada’s forest sector has reduced its GHG emissions by close to 70%.
We take that responsibility seriously. Canada’s Registered Professional Foresters are our first line of defense in the fight against climate change and they play a critical ‘boots on the ground’ role in monitoring and managing our forests. With worsening wildfire and forest pest outbreaks, forest management is the best tool we have to adapt forests and build resiliency, while supporting the green, well-paying jobs that support families, sustain communities, and accelerate Canada’s move towards a growing, green economy.
Part of growing a green economy is growing an inclusive economy, one that not only values sustainability but diversity and opportunity. As part of our commitment to a more sustainable future, our sector is committed to doing just that. Through programs like #TakeYourPlace, Women in Wood, the Greenest Workforce, and Free To Grow in Forestry, we’re committed to an inclusive green recovery that will expand opportunities for young people, women and new Canadians, while supporting northern, Indigenous and rural communities across the country.
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Forests are complex ecosystems and they need to be monitored and taken care of – even more so when we consider their carbon-capture potential and the critical role they will play in defining our greener future. Our sector is ready to rise to that challenge. Join our community today to get updates on what you can do to support a growing, green economy, and a more inclusive, sustainable future for Canada.Join Now!