Kamloops, B.C. – The CSA Group has advised that revision of the CAN/CSA Z809-16 Sustainable Forest Management standard is now complete and the standard has once again been accepted as a National Standard by the Standards Council of Canada.
The English and French versions of Z809-16 can be obtained at the following weblinks:
· Z809-16 English
· Z809-16 French
“This is great news” said John Dunford, Chair of PEFC Canada. “Forest companies in Canada are excited to begin their transition to the revised standard, one that sees a new Criterion for Aboriginal Relations and one that retains the demanding requirements of public participation in developing and maintaining performance measures for sustainable forest management."
Organizations certified to CSA Z809-08 will have two years to become certified to Z809-16.
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The revised CSA Sustainable Forest Management standard is now in effect. The changes to the standard are highlighted in the following document:
What's New in this Revision
Huntsville, Ontario –A forest certification advisory committee working with the Algonquin Forestry Authority on sustainable forest management within Algonquin Provincial Park in south-central Ontario, has been recognized with the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Canada Stewardship Award for their leadership and personal commitment.
“The Algonquin Park Forest Certification Advisory Group is one of many dedicated multi-stakeholder public groups in forest communities across Canada that provide advice on locally adapted measures of good forest management. There are many demands placed on public forests that influence how they are managed. These advisory groups help balance these forest values within the context of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) sustainable forest certification standard” said John Dunford, Chair of PEFC Canada. “We are fortunate to have many dedicated community advisory groups actively engaged in the development and certification of good forestry practices. I am pleased this year to recognize the achievements of the Algonquin Park Forest Certification Advisory Group.”
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The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced changes to their LEED building rating system that will recognize CSA's forest certification program.
PEFC has developed a guide "Sustainable Timber: A Guide to Procurement for the Public Sector" to help these officials make the responsible choice in fostering the transition to more sustainable patterns of production and consumption of wood products.
PEFC have developed a new brochure “Promoting Sustainable Forest Management: Introducing PEFC’s Unique Approach to Forest Certification” that highlights what makes PEFC the certification system of choice for stakholders globally.
Similar to the 2012 London Olympics, the organizers of Rio 2016™ have specified PEFC certified timber as acceptable proof of sustainability.
The requirement can be found in Rio's 2016 Sustainability Management Plan that requires all timber used in permanent or temporary constructions originate from legal and responsible sources.
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More than any other forest certification program, CAN/CSA Z809 SFM demands ongoing, active public involvement by local residents. From coast to coast across Canada, there are approximately 40 active public advisory groups assisting forest companies certified to the CSA Group standard. More information on what is involved and how you can participate can be found in this information sheet (français).
Williams Lake, British Columbia –A public advisory committee working with Tolko Industries Ltd. on sustainable forest management in the Cariboo region of BC’s central interior for nearly a decade, has been recognized with the CSA Sustainable Forest Management User Group Chairman’s Award for their leadership and personal commitment to the public participation process and on-going continuous improvement.
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The Sustainable Forest Mangement Standard - CSA Z809 is being renewed by the Technical Committee - learn how you can contribute to the revisions. Also learn more about CSA's connection to PEFC and how CSA Z809 combined with PEFC Chain of Custody standard provides producers of bio-energy feedstock the necessary assurance to access European markets. (En français ).
CSA is commencing the 3rd revision to the original 1996 SFM Standard. Technical Committee members will assemble to begin a two year revision process in May 2014. You can also learn more about the status of the PEFC Extraordinary Assessment and where to find the CSA SFM User Group
at this years tradeshows. (En français).
CSA Sustainable forest management demands on-going public discussion leading to the continual improvement of locally developed indicators and targets. BC's Forest Practices Board recognizes this in their latest Bulletin. Also learn more about CSA's connection to PEFC and how the revised PEFC Chain of Custody standard meets the European Union Timber Regulation requirements for assurance of legally harvested timber and timber products. (En français)
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