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Canadian forestry documentary to be featured at UN’s COP27 climate summit

November 10, 2022  By Forest Products Association of Canada

Screenshot from Capturing Carbon. www.forestryforthefuture.ca/doc

Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased to announce that its Capturing Carbon documentary was selected to be shown at COP27, the United Nations International Conference on Climate Change and Sustainability.

The film will be the focus of a session co-sponsored by FPAC and the B.C. Council of Forest Industries (COFI) – bringing together Indigenous, government, and forest sector leaders who will discuss the vital role sustainable forestry can play in addressing climate change and shaping a greener future in Canada and around the world.

We are honoured that the Canadian organizers of COP27 chose our film to help facilitate the important conversation of sustainable forestry at this global forum,” said FPAC president and CEO Derek Nighbor.This is a significant opportunity for Canadas forest sector to bring our experience, innovation, and know-how to the global policy table, and to meet with international partners and stakeholders to advance collaboration and work together on climate action.”

The documentary, already viewed by 1.6 million Canadians and counting, will be shown on November 11 at the COP27 Canadian Pavilion. Capturing Carbon explores different aspects of Canadian forestry, from the forest floor in B.C. where foresters are fighting the effects of climate change through world-leading sustainable practices, to the front-line fight for sustainability in our cities, where building tall with wood is creating more climate-conscious communities. Key topics are explored by five individuals who speak to misconceptions about Canada’s forest sector and explore how, through sustainable forest management, we can harness the power world’s most renewable resource to put our country on the path toward meeting our net-zero emissions targets.


“As Canada and the world continue to drive to net-zero, continuously strengthening how we take care of forests and building with climate-friendly materials like carbon-storing wood will play an outsized role,“ said COFI president and CEO Linda Coady. “We are pleased to join COP27 delegates to discuss how B.C.’s forest products sector can partner with governments, Indigenous Peoples, labour, communities and customers to find solutions that help us better fight climate change together”.

As a world leader in third-party forest certification, managing more than twice the area certified in any other country, Canadas forest sector is uniquely positioned to showcase how sustainable forest management creates resilient forests and supports global climate objectives. Through this session at COP27, experts will speak to specific forest management practices in Canada and how sustainably sourced forest products can help us achieve national and international climate ambitions.

The screening will be introduced by Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change, Catherine Stewart, and be followed by a Q&A session led by Kate Lindsay, FPAC’s senior vice-president and chief sustainability officer. Other participants include JP Gladu, founder and principal at Mokwateh, and Sabrina Spencer, vice-president, environment at COFI.

The full documentary can be viewed here: https://www.forestryforthefuture.ca/doc

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