September 9, 2015, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement’s (CBFA) collaborative approach to finding constructive solutions for the forest industry and environmental organizations in Canada is a model to the world, say experts speaking at the X1V World Forestry Congress.
“The CBFA provides a pragmatic, problem-solving forum that allows the Canadian forestry industry and conversation groups to work collaboratively towards a stronger, greener, more competitive industry and a better protected, more sustainably managed boreal forest,” said CBFA Secretariat Executive Director Aran O’Carroll, who made his comments as moderator of the CBFA’s interactive panel discussion here on the global relevance of the Agreement.
“We believe our model has the flexibility to be applied globally.”
O’Carroll was joined by two CBFA signatories, Éric Hébert-Daly, National Executive Director, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), and Mark Hubert, Vice President of Environmental Leadership for the Forest Products Association of Canada. The CBFA panel, entitled The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement: From Conflict to Collaboration, also featured Dr. Mariteuw Chimère Diaw, Director General, African Model Forest Network (AMFI), and Fernando Carrera, General Manager, Ibero-America MF Network.
Hébert-Daly said the CBFA is about having a constructive dialogue, albeit at times difficult, that can result in finding solutions in collaboration with indigenous communities and affected municipalities.
“The agreement recognizes that although the responsibility for the future of forestry and conservation in Canada’s boreal forest rests primarily with governments, both industry and environmentalists in collaboration with affected municipalities and Aboriginal governments have a duty to help define that future,” said Hébert-Daly.
Hubert said the CBFA is “a means to secure the health and long-term future of the Canadian forestry sector in a way that protects the environment and provides jobs for those communities that depend on forestry industry.”
The CBFA, which was signed in May 2010, includes six leading environmental organizations, the Forest Products Association of Canada, its 18 member companies, and Kruger Inc. It directly applies to more than 73 million hectares across the country.
The CBFA represents a globally unprecedented initiative that seeks to conserve significant areas of Canada’s vast boreal forest, protect threatened woodland caribou, and sustain a healthy forest sector by laying a foundation for the future prosperity of the industry and communities that rely on it.
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The following are signatories to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement:
Environmental Organizations (ENGOs):
International Boreal Conservation Campaign, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), ForestEthics, The Nature Conservancy, The Pew Charitable Trusts and Ivey Foundation.
Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc., AV Group, Canfor Corporation, Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership, Cariboo Pulp & Paper Company, Conifex Timber Inc., Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd., Fortress Paper Ltd., Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Ltd., LP Canada Ltd., Mercer International, Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., Resolute Forest Products, Tembec, Tolko Industries Ltd., West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., and Weyerhaeuser Company Limited — all represented by the Forest Products Association of Canada, which is also a signatory. Kruger Inc. is also a signatory.