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FSC Canada reflects on forest management priorities in 2022


January 20, 2022
By Francois Dufresne

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FSC Canada president Francois Dufresne. Photo provided.

At the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland – known as COP26 – the world saw 100 countries sign the “Declaration on Forests and Land Use” to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 while delivering sustainable development and promoting inclusive rural transformation. Although this agreement was not the first of its kind, it reinforced the importance of our world’s forests and we must now work together to make this commitment a reality, and collectively we have a crucial role to play.

Three years ago, we officially launched our new National Forest Management Standard and the National Controlled Wood Risk Assessment. This was a historic moment for us and, in 2022, we will continue to focus our efforts on their successful implementations. Both address the most pressing issues facing Canadian forests, including woodland caribou, Indigenous peoples’ rights, workers’ rights including gender equity, landscape management and conservation.

We have also embarked in a transition to demonstrate the impact of responsible forest management. We aim at providing a clear value proposition to our market partners with regards to Indigenous rights, biodiversity protection and forest landscape conservation. We commissioned a carbon research project to demonstrate the impact of FSC certified forests in North America. Our goal is to double our market presence in Canada over the next decade.

The solid wood sector, particularly in Western Canada, will be a focus going forward. Clearly, FSC brings a unique value proposition in responsible sourcing in key market segments such as mass timber. Our goal is to continue to build partnership across this value chain and to expand our impact.

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We will also continue our journey to connect more Canadian consumers with FSC certified products through ShopFSC.ca – our new website featuring an assortment of FSC-certified products available to Canadian consumers.

Since 1993, the Forest Stewardship Council has represented the mark of well-managed forestry in Canada and around the world. Through the adoption of its standards of responsible forest and supply chain management, we can continue offering businesses credible verification of sustainably produced timber and wood products, and helping consumers identify products from well-managed forests.

After many years of hard work, we were able to achieve breakthrough results. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members, certificate holders and stakeholders for their support and I extend my best wishes for a successful year in 2022.

Francois Dufresne is the president of FSC Canada.