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Canada’s forest certification standard updated


May 19, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

An updated version of a standard for well-managed forests is being launched by the Canadian Standards Association (…

An updated version of a standard for well-managed forests is being launched by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

 “This updated standard is a result of nearly 3 years of effort by a technical committee made up of forestry academics and researchers, forest companies, environmental groups, consumers, labour unions, Aboriginal people, and government regulators” said John Dunford, chairman of the Forest User Group representing the CSA certified forest companies in Canada. “The additional requirements will further validate our commitment to sustainable forest management”.

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The CSA standard for sustainable forest management now has a suite of mandatory core indicators for measuring sustainable forest management across the country. It also requires ongoing public dialogue with local advisory groups, reflecting the Canadian context where over 94% of forests are publicly owned.

The CSA standard is internationally recognized for delivering on the full suite of sustainability criteria including:

– Natural forests and wildlife habitat;

– Water and soil protection;

– Contributions to carbon uptake and storage; and

– Recognition of and respect for Aboriginal rights and title.

Currently, there are nearly 83 million hectares independently certified to the CSA standard.


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