Wood is the only material with third-party certification programs in place to verify that products originate from a sustainably managed source. British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, is recognized as a global leader in sustainable forest management, meeting the environmental, social and economic needs of current and future generations. Stringent forest laws, skilled forestry professionals, comprehensive monitoring, compliance and enforcement strengthen the Province’s leading reputation. The Province’s rigorous forest management laws and regulations fully characterize what sustainable forest management (SFM) means in B.C. and what actions may take place on public forest land. B.C. supports third-party forest certification—CSA, SFI and FSC—as a tool to demonstrate the rigor of B.C.’s forest management laws and to document B.C.’s world-class sustainable forest management record.

While the three programs used in B.C. have differences, they all promote principles, criteria and objectives that are viewed as the basis of sustainable forest management around the world. All three have balanced governance, with boards representing environmental, social and economic interests, and all three revise their standards regularly through an open public process. B.C. has adopted an inclusive approach and accepts all internationally recognized third-party forest certification programs.

KEY FACTS

  • Only 10% of the world’s forests are certified and Canada has 37% of the world’s forest certification. Canada has 168 million hectares certified to at least one of the three internationally recognized forest certification programs.
  • Canada has 43% of all PEFC-endorsed certifications world-wide (CSA and SFI), and 28% of the FSC certifications worldwide.
  • British Columbia (B.C.) is world-renowned for its sustainable forest management practices and has 52 million hectares certified to one of three internationally recognized certification standards.
  • At the end of 2016, B.C. had 52 million hectares (128.5 million acres) of certified lands. Canada is the international leader in forest certification with B.C. contributing more than any other province.
  • B.C. has 52 million hectares certified to at least one of these three internationally recognized certification programs: 26.6 million hectares (51%) to CSA, 24.0 million hectares (46%) to SFI and 1.4 million hectares (3%) to FSC. Both the CSA and the SFI programs are endorsed internationally by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) – which amounts to 97% of B.C.’s certified area.
  • Canadian Wood has the potential to effectively bridge the burgeoning gap of wood fibre deficit in India with its wide variety of B.C. wood species. Wood from B.C., Canada, is extremely versatile, strong, beautiful, and perfectly suited to Indian conditions.

The advantages of utilizing Canadian Wood for various applications in India include graded, sized and seasoned wood.

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