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Organizations Launch “State of the Forest” Report Countering the Authorities’s Annual Account of Logging’s Sustainability


(OTTAWA | TRADITIONAL, UNCEDED TERRITORY OF THE ALGONQUIN ANISHNAABEG PEOPLE, JANUARY 18, 2024) – In a first-of-its-kind joint report launched in the present day, main North American environmental organizations have challenged the Canadian federal authorities’s annual account of the nation’s forestry sector that understates the impacts of business logging.

The brand new report, The State of the Forest in Canada: Seeing By means of the Spin, reveals that Pure Assets Canada (NRCan)’s annual report downplays or ignores the numerous impacts of business logging on biodiversity, the local weather, forest integrity, and ecosystem companies, and its potential infringements of Indigenous rights.

The organizations spotlight obvious omissions within the authorities’s annual report, together with its lack of consideration to the cumulative impression of business logging on remaining main and old- development forests, failures in forest regeneration because of logging infrastructure, inhabitants declines of key forest-dependent species corresponding to threatened boreal caribou and the endangered noticed owl, and the shortage of clear accounting logging’s emissions footprint. This new report additionally, not like the federal government’s publication, exposes examples of the place there’s misalignment between industrial logging practices and Indigenous rights.

In inspecting all of those indicators, the report reveals that the precise state of the forests in Canada is much extra advanced and worrisome, and the logging trade far much less sustainable, than the federal authorities claims. Industrial logging is driving important forest degradation all through the nation, with alarming impacts on species and the local weather, and lots of Indigenous communities are nonetheless not assured a say over their lands.

“We’re seeing a conversion of wholesome forest ecosystems to, on the panorama degree, youthful managed forests, fragmented by roads,” mentioned Rachel Plotkin of the David Suzuki Basis. “The cumulative impression of logging 12 months after 12 months is altering the face of our forests, and our authorities refuses to acknowledge it.”

“The federal authorities is risking the well-being of future generations by failing to precisely report on the degradation of forests in Canada. How can we shield biodiversity, mitigate local weather change, and guarantee the way forward for forest-dependent communities with out correct info?” requested Michael Polanyi, Coverage and Marketing campaign Supervisor, at Nature Canada.

The report comes shortly after the annual worldwide local weather convention, the place Canada reaffirmed the necessity to halt and reverse deforestation and forest degradation by 2030 and dedicated to synergistic motion to deal with the local weather and biodiversity crises. Canada additionally simply celebrated the one-year anniversary of its management on establishing the Kunming-Montreal International Biodiversity Framework.

“This report pulls into sharp reduction the distinction between Canada’s statements internationally and its ambition domestically,” mentioned Jennifer Skene of NRDC (Pure Assets Protection Council). “The phrases and requirements it presents to the world it then hollowly pursues with spin and omission.”

To enhance the credibility and relevance of the federal government’s annual publication, The State of Forests in Canada recommends that the federal government transparently and comprehensively report on industrial logging’s impression. This contains info on the trade’s cumulative results; charges of degradation, together with logging in main and old-growth forests, carbon emissions attributable to the sector; regeneration failures; and the governments’ efficiency on respecting Indigenous rights.

“We name on Canada to fulfill the second and supply the data essential to choice making that ensures the safety of forests and the rights of Indigenous peoples, now and for future generations,” mentioned Katie Krelove of the Wilderness Committee.

“We rely on forests for a lot–to battle the local weather and biodiversity crises and as an financial pillar for a lot of northern communities. It’s important that we now have clear reporting in regards to the state that our forests are in in the present day in an effort to make sound selections for tomorrow. We’re calling on the federal authorities to fulfill this problem and never draw back from letting individuals throughout Canada know the place forest administration is failing us, along with success tales,” famous Dr. Julee Boan from NRDC (Pure Assets Protection Council).

“The truth is that present forestry practices in Canada have degraded forests making them susceptible to bigger and extra intense fires, as an alternative of leveraging their capability to behave as carbon sinks,” mentioned Richard Robertson, Forest Campaigner at Stand.earth. “Canadians simply lived by a devastating forest hearth season and 2024 is anticipated to be even worse. It’s time for the federal authorities to comprehend that business-as-usual forestry isn’t a repair for the deepening local weather disaster.”

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Kate Kourtsidis, Communications Specialist, David Suzuki Basis
[email protected], 613-806-8184 (EST)

Kathryn Semogas, Canada Communications Specialist, Stand.earth
[email protected], 778-653-2303 (EST)

Margie Kelly, Senior Strategic Communications Supervisor, NRDC (Pure Assets Protection Council)
[email protected], 312-651-7935 (CST)

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