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FPAC and members still committed to boreal agreement


May 28, 2013
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Despite animosity between some of the participants, the companies who signed the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) are still committed to its principles, says David Lindsay, president and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada…

Despite animosity between some of the participants, the companies who signed the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) are still committed to its principles, says David Lindsay, president and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC).

In mid-May, environmental groups involved with the CBFA declared they would no longer negotiate with Resolute Forest Products regarding areas in northwest Ontario and Quebec.

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In a statement to the media, Lindsay says FPAC regrets the decision of the environmental groups, but “The agreement does not contemplate that you can pick and choose where you want to engage. After a suitable period of reflection we will encourage our environmental partners to return to the table with Resolute.”

Lindsay notes work on the boreal agreement is progressing, although not as quickly as originally expected. “On any given week we have over 100 company staff working in regional and national working groups across the country to implement the boreal agreement.”

According to FPAC, its member companies remain committed to the principles of the CBFA and want “to continue the hard work necessary to protect the environment including threatened species such as woodland caribou while also protecting the forest products industry and the communities and jobs that depend on it.”


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