Canada is a global leader in sustainable forest management
- Canada’s rate of deforestation is [virtually] zero and has been for over two decades (United Nations FAO Global Forest Resources report issued in 2010).
- Canada has world leading forestry practices and regulatory regime.
- Canada is home to 30% of the world’s boreal forest. The remainder is found in other large forestry nations such as Russia (50%) and Scandinavia – Finland, Sweden and Norway – (about 20%).
- 93% of Canada’s forests are publicly owned and regulated. This provides assurance that companies operating on these lands are bound by: comprehensive legislation and enforcement; 20-25 year forest management plans; rolling 5 year development plans and site specific annual operational plans; and forest management plans subject to public review prior to approval.
- Canada retains more (91% ) original forest area than any other country in the world.
- Only one quarter of Canada’s forests are managed for commercial use. The vast majority (70%) of the boreal region remains un-accessed. Of this only 0.5% (1 million hectares) is harvested annually. By law, all harvested areas must be promptly regenerated.
- Canada has more protected forest (over 40 million hectares ) than any other country – 28 million hectares of these protected areas occur in the boreal.
- Canada has the most area  of certified forest. 3rd party independently certified forests (CSA, FSC, SFI) in the world (75% of which is in the boreal).
- Canada is home to over 40% of the world’s certified forests; and its area of certified boreal forest is 3 times larger than any other country’s area of certified total forest.
- Canada’s forest products industry is a global leader in climate change mitigation. Members of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 44% since 1990 – seven times Canada’s Kyoto targets.
 [Source: World Resources Institute Data Tables, 2000-2001]
 [Source: A Global Overview of Forest Conservation, WCMC, UNEP, CIFOR, 1997]
 [Source: Canadian Sustainable Forestry Certification Coalition, June 2007]
International Panel on Climate Change
“In the long term, a sustainable forest management strategy aimed at maintaining or increasing forest carbon stocks, while producing an annual sustained yield…will generate the largest sustained mitigation benefit.” (IPCC, 2007)
- Rate of deforestation = 0
- World leading forestry practice
- Canada is home to 30% of the world’s boreal forest
- 93% of Canada’s forests are publicly owned and regulated
- Canada retains more (91%) original forest area than any other country in the world
- Only one quarter of Canada’s forests are managed for commercial use
- Canada has more protected forest (over 40 million hectares) than any other country
- Canada has the most certified forests in the world
- Canada’s forest products industry is a global leader in climate change mitigation