Canada’s For­est Prod­ucts sec­tor wel­comes the Ka­tow­ice Dec­la­ra­tion on Forests for the Cli­mate

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For­est Prod­ucts As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada (FPAC) is pleased to sup­port the Min­is­te­rial “Dec­la­ra­tion on Forests for the Cli­mate”, which was tabled to­day at the COP24 meet­ing in Poland. To­day’s (Dec. 13)dec­la­ra­tion rec­og­nizes the crit­i­cal role that forests in Canada and around the world play in achiev­ing global cli­mate change tar­gets. In ad­di­tion to re­duc­ing green­house gas emis­sions, forests have an im­por­tant role to play in the se­ques­tra­tion and stor­age of car­bon in the soil, trees and other veg­e­ta­tion, as well as pro­vid­ing prod­ucts that store car­bon. At the same time, it is a sec­tor that pro­vides 230,000 di­rect fam­ily-sup­port­ing jobs in some over 600 forestry com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try. For­est man­age­ment in Canada is gov­erned by some of the most strin­gent rules and reg­u­la­tions in the world. Canada’s forestry pro­fes­sion­als con­sider con­ser­va­tion mea­sures as part of their for­est man­age­ment plans, con­sid­er­ing mul­ti­ple species, wa­ter­sheds, wet­lands, pest man­age­ment, fire risks, and cli­mate change im­pacts as they plan har­vest­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Canada’s for­est sec­tor has vol­un­tar­ily re­duced its green­house gas emis­sions by 66 per cent in 30 years, and prides it­self in be­ing among the best in the world in how we man­age our forests. “We’ve un­der­stood for some time that our in­dus­try is uniquely po­si­tioned to be a cru­cial part of the so­lu­tion to cli­mate change be­cause we work with a truly re­new­able re­source,” said FPAC Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Derek Nigh­bor. “This dec­la­ra­tion is aligned and sup­ports our sec­tor’s 30 X 30 Cli­mate Change Chal­lengeto re­move 30 mega­tonnes of car­bon diox­ide per year by 2030 - more than 13 per cent of the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment’s emis­sions tar­get”. The for­est prod­ucts sec­tor is look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment and our part­ners across the coun­try to im­ple­ment this im­por­tant dec­la­ra­tion.

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