Toronto – Responding to the announcement today of a new Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard, Shane Moffatt, Head of Nature and Food Campaign with Greenpeace Canada commented:

“In the middle of a global wildlife crisis, the announcement of a new FSC standard in Canada offers the logging industry a clear choice: be part of the problem or be part of the solution. Recent findings by the world’s scientific experts that up to a million species of plants, insects and animals face extinction are a major wake up call. This is no time for business as usual. Companies that claim they are committed to operating in harmony with our natural world and respecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples can prove it by getting forests they manage FSC certified. Greenpeace Canada’s support for these standards is underpinned by the inclusion of Indigenous Peoples right to free prior and informed consent, protections for threatened wildlife and opportunities for local communities.”

The new FSC standards are designed to address the most important issues facing Canada’s forests today, including reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, the woodland caribou crisis and the rights of workers. They were developed over a number of years by a diverse range of Indigenous representatives and stakeholders including Greenpeace Canada.

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For more information, please contact:

Mojgan Mohammad, communication officer, Greenpeace Canada

mojgan.mohammad@greenpeace.org; +1 514 400-3313