Canopy Departs Boreal Forest Agreement Citing Lack of Results
If today’s news were to have a theme song, it would be the sad but calculating tune of the “Gambler” Johnny Cash and then by Kenny Rogers. “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em” describes the thoughtful deliberations and tough decisions made as we today announce our withdrawal from the once vaunted Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA). After almost three years since the agreement was announced, not one hectare of Canada’s Boreal forest has been protected. Canopy has determined more meaningful and speedier results for the Boreal forest can be achieved through our work helping to shape the paper purchasing decisions of major consumers and new strategic alliances with leading forest products producers.
“This collaboration with the logging industry was supposed to be a game-changer for species diversity and conservation in Canada’s threatened Boreal forest,” said Nicole Rycroft, Founder and Executive Director of Canopy. “The disappointing reality is that not one hectare of forest has been protected and species and ecosystems are still at risk.”
The decision to leave the CBFA was not taken lightly. We remain committed to collaborative solutions building and hope that by re-invigorating our markets work we can open the door to large-scale and timely conservation of the boreal forest.
The objective of the CBFA process was to protect woodland caribou and the integrity of Boreal ecosystems over three years. Given existing science, legislated protection of 50 to 70 percent of Boreal forest habitat is needed to ensure ecological certainty. With the arrival of the third anniversary of the agreement in May, a strong internal push among the remaining parties could result in incremental steps towards achieving a few of the original 76 milestones. Canopy, however, questions whether such outcomes will be at the scale required ecologically.
“In a world filled with green claims, Canopy plays a key role in advising publishers and suppliers who are taking meaningful action for our climate and forests,” said Louise Dennys, Executive VP, Random House Canada (and a Canopy board member).
With U.S. housing starts and wood prices on the rise and strong markets emerging for new forest products, pressure on Canada’s Boreal Forest is intensifying. Canopy will be re-doubling work in the marketplace to advocate for conservation of Canada’s Boreal forest and support forest industry leaders who are delivering on this objective.
Read the press release here: http://canopyplanet.org/canopy-boreal-withdrawal/