Canada, the second largest country in the world, is both the home of maple syrup and a land of vast forests. Currently, Canada has over 50 million hectares of FSC-certified forests which makes up 30% of the global share - that’s larger than two United Kingdoms put together!
Having such a large number of forests and over 700 chain of custody certificate holders certainly keeps their six full-time staff members busy!
Over the past few years, FSC Canada has been working diligently on drafting a Forest Management Standard. This process, will pay particular attention to key issues including Intact Forest Landscapes; Indigenous Cultural Landscapes; Free, Prior and Informed Consent; and Species at Risk.
This work is becoming increasingly paramount with their currently certified forests and also prospective forests that will become certified across Canada in the future. Even with 50 million hectares certified, only around 23% of Canada’s forests hold FSC certification, which definitely leaves a lot of opportunity for growth.
A version of this article appeared originally in the July 2016 edition of Forest Matters.