Environmental group Canopy leaves the Boreal Forest Agreement citing lack of results
Canopy has decided to leave the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement citing a lack of results.
The organization said today, “ 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.”
Launched in 2010 by nine environmental groups, the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and its 19 member companies, the CBFA established unanimous objectives for large-‐scale protection and world-‐leading forest practices and positioned Canada’s forest companies to take advantage of the growing green marketplace. In nearly three years of difficult work, the participating groups have been unable to agree on one joint recommendation for protection, while virtually all conservation milestones in the agreement have been missed and target dates for the completion of agreed objectives have been repeatedly shifted.
Canopy is a not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting forests, species and climate, Canopy believes collaboration is key and that businesses can be a powerful force for solutions, and works with more than 700 companies to help ensure their supply chains are sustainable. Canopy1s partners include Sprint, TC Transcontinental, Scholastic, The Globe and Mail, Random House and Lonely Planet.
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