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Vanoc: Wood It Be Done Better?


May 1, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

In Vancouver, BC, the Vancouver Olympics Organizing Committee (VANOC) and its partners are catching flak as to whether or not the venues for the games are using wood that is supplied and harvested in …

In Vancouver, BC, the Vancouver Olympics Organizing Committee (VANOC) and its partners are catching flak as to whether or not the venues for the games are using wood that is supplied and harvested in a socially and environmentally sustainable manner, and with the right certification.

Acting collectively, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and West Coast Environmental Law have created a website (goodwoodwatch. ca) that tracks and reviews whether or not the wood and wood products being used for the 2010 Olympic Games is certified by the Forest Steward Council (FSC) based in Germany.

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VANOC says it is adhering to sustainability markers and is using wood certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the FSC. However, the environmental coalition says the SFI and CSA standards are lacking when compared to FSC standards.

In Canada, some 120,000 hectares of forest has been certified as meeting sustainable forest management standards. The FSC has certified about 13% of the total, CSA has certified more than 60%, with SFI accounting for the rest, about 37%.


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