Sierra Club of/du Canada

SCC Forest Certification Bulletin


Bulletin Number 2 - October 2001


This bulletin provides a concise summary of key new developments related to certification, with a focus on issues in Canada.

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FSC BOREAL FRAMEWORK WORKSHOP

FSC Canada held a workshop in Cantley, Québec on September 18-20 to develop a proposed framework to develop boreal FSC standards for Canada. Twenty-one diverse participants explored solutions to various challenges, including the need for a process that is inclusive, timely, effective, efficient and credible, with an appropriate balance between regional flexibility and national consistency. The participants to the workshop collectively developed a set of recommendations for how to best meet these and other criteria, and the report of their recommendations will be available within a few days on the website of FSC Canada (www.fsccanada.org).




FSC BOARD MEETING RESCHEDULED

The meeting of the FSC Canada Working Group that was originally scheduled for September 22-24 in Atlanta was delayed, due to the postponement of the associated trade show of certified forest products and related board meetings of FSC U.S. and FSC International. The FSC Canada board meeting has been rescheduled for October 12-14 in Toronto. The meeting will include a strategic planning session as well as issues related to standards development, including review of the results from the Indigenous Peoples workshop held in August and the boreal framework workshop held in September, as well as formation of a National Standards Advisory Committee.



CANFOR APPLIES CHAIN OF CUSTODY TO CSA CERTIFICATION

On September 24th Canadian Forest Products (Canfor) announced that it has applied the CSA’s recently-published Chain of Custody Guidelines to one of their CSA-registered operations. This means that packaging of products being produced at Canfor’s sawmill in Grande Prairie, Alberta will be able to receive a CSA logo and label. The full press release is available at the CSA’s website (www.csa.ca).



FSC INTERNATIONAL NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

FSC International has announced the appointment of Heiko Liedeker as the new Executive Director for the organization. Mr. Liedeker holds a Masters degree in Forest Ecology from the University of Vermont, has extensive field and management experience in forestry, and has been associated with WWF since 1996. He has been serving as acting executive director since August 2001, following the resignation of Dr. Maharaj Muthoo.



RESOURCES

Behind the Logo is a report published by the European forest NGO Fern, comparing several forest certification schemes across a range of twelve criteria. The schemes examined include the CSA, the FSC, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) developed by the American Forest and Paper Association) and a number of certification schemes under the Pan-European Forest Certification (PEFC) umbrella. The report can be obtained from www.fern.org.

Taiga-News, the newsletter of the Taiga Rescue Network, is available at www.taigarescue.org. Its most recent issue (#36, late summer 2001), includes suggestions for strengthening the Swedish FSC standard and a summary of “Behind the Logo.”

The Canadian Sustainable Forestry Certification Coalition is an industry coalition whose website (www.sfms.com) has information about the current status of certification across Canada.



CONTACT INFORMATION


FSC CANADA
100 Broadview, Suite 421
Toronto, ON M4M 3H3
Tel: 416-778-5568
Fax: 416-778-0044
www.fsccanada.org

FSC CANADA - ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMBER REPRESENTATIVES

Denise English
East Kootenay Environmental Society
Tel: 250-344-2698
Fax: 250-344-2798
Email: denglish@redshift.bc.ca

Martin von Mirbach
Sierra Club of Canada
Tel: 613-241-4611 or 613-569-0034
Fax: 613-241-2292
Email: forests@sierraclub.ca

CANADIAN STANDARDS ASSOCIATION
178 Rexdale Blvd.
Toronto, ON M9W 1R3
Tel: 416-747-4000
Katie Altoft: katie.altoft@csa.ca
www.csa.ca