Have your say on sustainable forestry: Draft SFI standard open for comments

Pulp & Paper Canada
January 08, 2014
By Pulp & Paper Canada

A sixty-day public comment period is now open for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) draft of a new standard for 2015-2019. The draft new standard includes new performance measures to: conserve biodiversity in fiber sourcing; limit conversion of one forest type to another; bolster awareness and respect for Indigenous Peoples’ rights; and expand the definition of “controversial sources,” which are not allowed in SFI-labeled products.

The comment period ends Mar. 6. For this comment period, SFI invited nearly 10,000 stakeholders to submit comments for the proposed SFI 2015-2019 Standard. This working draft is the result of input from comments submitted during the first 60-day public comment period which ran from June 5 – August 6, 2013.

Utilizing comments from the first public comment period, the SFI 2015-2019 Standard Revision Task Groups developed this working draft. Stakeholders can submit comments online for this working draft of the SFI 2015-2019 standard and participate in person at one of the nine public Standards Review workshops across the U.S. and Canada.  A facilitated webinar workshop is also offered to accommodate those stakeholders that cannot attend a regional workshop.

A final draft of the SFI 2015-2019 Standard will be presented to the SFI Board of Directors for their approval in the fall of 2014, and will come into effect January 1, 2015.

To view a summary of the major enhancements and the draft sections to the Draft SFI 2015-2019 Requirements, find information on the public workshops and to submit comments on the Draft SFI 2015-2019 Standard, go to http://www.sfiprogram.org/comment-on-standard/.

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Note: By submitting your comments you acknowledge that Pulp and Paper Canada has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that due to the volume of e-mails we receive, not all comments will be published and those that are published will not be edited. However, all will be carefully read, considered and appreciated.

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