Revised CSA forest standard available
By Cindy Macdonald
The revision of the CAN/CSA Z809-16 Sustainable Forest Management standard is now complete and the standard has once again been accepted as a National Standard by the Standards Council of Canada.
“This is great news” said John Dunford, chair of PEFC Canada. “Forest companies in Canada are excited to begin their transition to the revised standard, one that sees a new Criterion for Aboriginal Relations and one that retains the demanding requirements of public participation in developing and maintaining performance measures for sustainable forest management.”
Organizations certified to CSA Z809-08 will have two years to become certified to Z809-16.
CSA Z809 is Canada’s national forest certification standard and the world’s largest national forest management standard with roughly 41 million hectares of woodlands certified. It includes a suite of mandatory core indicators for consistently measuring sustainable forest management across the country. It also requires local adaptations through ongoing public and Aboriginal dialogue with community advisory groups. This reflects the diversity of Canada’s forests, and the fact that over 94 per cent of them are publicly owned.
PEFC Canada represents organizations in Canada that have certified their forestry operations to the PEFC-endorsed Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) standards, as well as organizations and businesses that are certified to the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard.