November 18, 2013, OTTAWA – The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) showcased their giant travelling of Canada’s magnificent boreal forest on Parliament Hill today.
The CBFA and the RCGS have partnered to design and develop the 8 metre by 11 metre gigantic floor map that beautifully illustrates in incredibly precise detail the boreal forest, caribou habitat, forestry industries and the communities across Canada that rely on the industry for their livelihood.
“This map provides an unique opportunity for the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement to reach out to all generations, particularly Canadian youth, to ensure they get a real understanding of the importance of the boreal forest and an appreciation of the challenges that abound there,” said Aran O’Carroll, executive director of the CBFA.
“As one of Canada’s largest educational organizations, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s mission is to make Canada better known to Canadians and the world and that’s why we are honoured to be part of this pan-Canadian educational initiative whose goal is to inform adults and to educate youth about the boreal forest,” said John Geiger, CEO of the RCGS.
The map was displayed at the Government Conference Centre at an event for parliamentarians, senators, diplomats, the media and other guests hosted by the Speaker of the House of Commons in collaboration with the RCGS.
Because of its size and weight, the map – one of the largest in Canada – can only be displayed on the floor or ground. It can be walked on and is ideal for educational and promotional purposes wherever there are indoor or outdoor spaces large enough to house it.
The map will tour Canada over the next year, visiting schools and other facilities to educate children and the general public about the importance of the boreal forest to Canada and the world.
Signed May 18, 2010, the CBFA is an unprecedented agreement between seven environmental organizations and the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), and its 19 member companies, that seeks to protect significant areas of Canada’s vast boreal forest, protect threatened woodland caribou, and sustain a healthy forestry industry for the communities who rely on it.
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The following are signatories to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement:
Environmental Organizations (ENGOs):
Canadian Boreal Initiative, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), David Suzuki Foundation, ForestEthics, The Nature Conservancy, The Pew Charitable Trusts International Boreal Conservation Campaign and the 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 Inc., 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.