You're invited to learn about its progress
One year ago, Canadian environmental organizations and logging companies made an historic agreement to protect our boreal forest. Stretching from one end of the country to another like a great green cloak, the boreal is home to many species at risk, including woodland caribou, grizzly bears, wolverines, and countless songbirds. It's also one of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth. Recent science has found that its forests and peatlands are being degraded by resource development and human-caused climate change at a faster rate than even the Amazon rainforest.
Last May, nine environmental groups and 21 logging companies signed the groundbreaking Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, agreeing to develop joint recommendations to First Nations and other governments to protect and sustainably manage millions of hectares of boreal from BC to Newfoundland. The agreement covers a whopping 72 million hectares across Canada.
In doing so, the companies pledged to stop logging on 29 million hectares until plans for protected areas were finalized. They also agreed to adopt sustainable forestry practices, protect species at risk, and take action on climate change. In return, NGOs agreed to stop encouraging the public to boycott the companies' products.
Of course, it's important to note that much of the boreal is traditional First Nations territory, and therefore, final land use decisions ultimately rest with Aboriginal as well as federal, provincial, and territorial governments. As the Foundation has noted before, the agreement's success depends upon First Nations support and involvement.
On Wednesday May 18th, you're invited to an online town hall to find out what has happened in the year since the signing. Speakers include Avrim Lazar of the Forest Products Association of Canada and Richard Brooks of Greenpeace Canada. Bring your questions and comments, and help this coalition shape the future of the boreal forest.
The town hall and instructions on how to take part will be located on the CBFA website.