It has been welcomed as a much-needed step in the country’s efforts to target the most pressing issues threatening Canadian forests today, including caribou conservation; proactive recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ rights; incorporating gender equity into workers’ rights; and minimizing landscape disturbance.
The new FSC standard has been amended to strengthen and properly reflect the realities of Canadian forests and the people, flora and fauna that depend on them. The recommendations range from physical solutions – such as buffer zones around waterways to keep streams and rivers clean – to ones that thread our social fabric, such as Indigenous involvement in forestry planning and gender equity throughout the industry.
“(…) the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in Canada rolled out a new national forest management standard that sets a high bar for forestry practices around the world. Finding solutions is complex and requires leadership. Indigenous rights-holders and the stakeholders of Canada’s vast forests have shown us a new bar for how to be better stewards of our planet, support a stable climate, and ensure healthy forests for woodland caribou. Now it's up to us as forest-users to implement it, and consumers to ask for it,” said James Snider, Vice President, Science, Research and Innovation, WWF Canada.
Shane Moffatt, Head of Nature and Food Campaign with Greenpeace Canada commented: “In the middle of a global wildlife crisis, the announcement of a new FSC standard in Canada offers the logging industry a clear choice: be part of the problem or be part of the solution.”
FSC Canada initiated the standard revision process in 2013 to align to the new FSC international generic indicators and merge all regional standards into a single national forest management standard. Industry, environment, and social stakeholders – including Indigenous representatives – participated in rigorous public consultations around the first draft of the standard in 2015 and also around the second draft in 2016. The resulting standard was then field/desk tested in spring 2017.
FSC has certified over 190 million hectares globally, with over 50 million hectares in Canada which represents approximately 25% of FSC’s global forest area.
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The standard is available in the FSC Document Centre.