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Are forests the solution to climate change?


September 12, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The forestry industry has a significant role to play in addressing climate change, a meeting of Canada’s forestry m…

The forestry industry has a significant role to play in addressing climate change, a meeting of Canada’s forestry ministers revealed.

Ministers convened in Fredericton, NB on September 11 for their annual meeting. Donald Arseneault, New Bunswick’s forestry minister, said ministers are in the process of assessing what each province is doing in an effort to develop a national climate change strategy.

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According to a report by Canadian Press, Arseneault highlighted tree planting for green credits as one possible option for tackling climate change, and that biomass is gaining credence as a viable strategy. New Brunswick is expected to release its own biomass strategy soon, Canadian Press confirmed.

“Forestry is not the total solution to the issue of climate change. However, it is part of the solution and has its role to play,” the New Brunswick Business Journal reported him as saying.

The report further reported Mark Arsenault, president and CEO of the New Brunswick Forest Products Association as saying, “people have to realize there is an enormous opportunity for forests across Canada to be at the forefront of the emerging economy. There is a whole new emerging side of things that are happening and we need to look at this long term and do the planning so it isn’t done haphazardly.”


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