Major customers of Boreal logging companies sent Greenpeace a letter today. Actually, they sent it to all of us involved in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA), 9 environmental organizations and 19 forest companies operating in the Boreal Forest. They wanted to mark the completion of the first caribou conservation plan in two years since the Agreement was signed and to remind us that conservation of the Boreal Forest is far from over.
I will let them speak for themselves.
June 28, 2012
Re: 1st Caribou Action Plan under Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement
As major customers of Boreal forest products, we are writing to mark the completion of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement’s first caribou action plan. Though we understand that the caribou action plan for the Abitibi River Forest was under development prior to the signing of the agreement, we know it is the first step towards securing the certainty for this region of Ontario. It also provides an example for other areas of Canada’s Boreal forest in the further work required to secure conservation and sustainable forestry improvements.
As members of the Agreement’s Boreal Business Forum, our role has been to objectively support and track progress on the implementation of the Agreement. The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement commits signatories to jointly build a stronger forest sector by creating both Protected Areas and Caribou Action Plans recommendations and for these to then be forwarded to First Nations and provincial governments for consideration and approval. After two years, this plan for the Abitibi River Forest represents the first outcome of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. We hope that signatories will work quickly to catch up and achieve their next milestone by completing a Protected Areas Plan for the region, advance the implementation of ecosystem based management practices and expedite planning across the rest of the tenures under the Agreement.
As you know, there is a growing market for responsible forest products that will reward companies that support new protected areas and improved management practices that preserve the ecology of the forest. As major purchasers of Boreal Forest products, our companies desire certainty on the land base from which we are sourcing products and thus the completion of protected areas proposals for Abitibi River Forest and the rest of the Boreal Forest is needed.
Congratulations achieving this plan for the Ontario’s North East Abitibi River Forest.
To view the Boreal forest customers letter, click here.
To view Greenpeace’s status update on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement at its second anniversary, click here.
To view a copy of the Caribou Action Plan for Ontario’s Abitibi River forest, click here.