Boreal Agreement loses key signatory as Canopy departs

by Richard Brooks

April 18, 2013

The Boreal ForestYesterday (April 17), Canopy announced itsdeparture from the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement(CBFA).

Canopys departure from the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) is another sign that the Agreement is clearly not working. Greenpeace announced its exit back in December 2012.

Canopyis a highly respected organization that has transformed the publishing industry in North America with effective and collaborative partnerships with hundreds of corporations. Their departure from the CBFA is a consequence of the Agreements inability to deliver greater protection for the Boreal Forest and a failure of its structure. The CBFA is simply no longer a credible tool for conservation.

The best judge of the Agreements success is whether it has achieved the positive change in the forest it promised the world.

Unfortunately, the Agreement has failed to produce consensus on a single hectare of legislated protection in the Boreal Forest.

Large protected areas buffered by conservations zones totaling 50 to 70 per cent of the land base are required to maintain low risk to biodiversity and ecological functions. This means tens of millions of new hectares of protected areas must be created across Canada.

Canopys announcement reinforces that new solutions for the Boreal Forest, other than the CBFA, are required. Currently, critical caribou habitat and Canadas Endangered Forests remain at risk due to destructive logging and road building. One of the most urgent and promising places needing action is theBroadback Valley Endangered Forest, where several Cree First Nations are fighting to protect their traditional territory. Take action to savethe Broadback.

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