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Canadian Institute of Forestry calls on government for action


May 1, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) is encouraging the Government of Canada to develop a clear strategy on how…

The Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) is encouraging the Government of Canada to develop a clear strategy on how they will work with Canadians to implement a climate change action plan that will successfully meet Canada’s Kyoto commitments and sustain the country’s forest resources.

“Canada’s forest professionals are concerned about the potential impact of climate change on both or rural and urban forests,” said Chris Lee, president of the Canadian Institute of Forestry.

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CIF has noted the effects of climate change on forest fires, insect and disease infestations, infections, and the overall distribution of tree species across Canada, and is now calling for further research.

“More research is required to understand the full impacts of climate change and for forest professionals to be able to adapt to change,” Lee said.

In addition to research, CIF is also calling on the government to collaborate with the forest sector in order to pursue actions to mitigate the effects of climate change.

“We need to focus our attention on the carbon stored in our forests and capitalize on the benefits of tree-planting and other forest management techniques,” Lee said. “Climate change is a federal, provincial, municipal and individual responsibility. We hope as the government moves forward, it looks to all the players for input and action.”


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