CPAWS is playing a lead role across Canada in implementing this ambitious agreement signed by environmental groups and forestry companies in 2010 to conserve caribou habitat within 72 million hectares of Boreal forest.
Signed in May 2010, the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) commits the 24 member companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) to work collaboratively with CPAWS and other environmental groups to achieve these major conservation goals, among others:
The CBFA applies to 72 million hectares of Boreal forest stretching from Newfoundland to British Columbia that are tenured to the forest companies involved in the agreement. This amounts to an area the size of Alberta and includes some of the most immediately threatened Boreal wilderness in Canada.
CPAWS has a long track record of working with the forest industry to improve conservation within Canada’s forests.
Prior to the creation of the CBFA, we were founding members of the Boreal Leadership Council in 2003 and were integral in creating the Ontario Forest Accord, resulting in the protection of 2.4 million hectares of public wilderness in 1999. In Manitoba, we negotiated a 50 year protection of caribou habitat by Tembec, in the habitat of the Owl Lake caribou population. In Québec, we collaborated with the forest industry, through the FSC certification process, to develop protected area proposals in the Abitibi and Nord-du-Québec regions. We led the environmental community’s contribution to developing Forest Stewardship Council national standards for socially and environmentally sensitive boreal forestry practices in 2004.
In recent years, we’ve led negotiations on behalf of conservation groups with the Nova Scotia government and the forest industry, resulting in on-going expansion of the province’s protected areas system . We’re also working with the influential Irving company to gain better forest conservation measures in New Brunswick.
Since signing the CBFA, CPAWS staff across Canada have been deeply involved in the negotiations and technical conservation planning with forestry companies and others to implement the Agreement across Canada, including:
For more information on the CBFA, please contact Chris Henschel, CPAWS Forest Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
In our first annual assessment of how well provinces and territories are doing in meeting their obligations to protect boreal caribou since the federal recovery strategy for the species was released in 2012, the majority get bottom marks for lagging so far behind in protecting one of Canada’s most iconic species at risk.
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