As much as India needs to conserve its forests, it still needs wood to satisfy the demand of its growing economy. Independent studies have confirmed that British Columbia (B.C.), Canada has some of the most rigorous forest laws in the world, and is a leader in practicing certified and sustainable forest management.

Suppliers from B.C. are certified under either the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Both the CSA and the SFI programs are endorsed internationally by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC).

Transporting wood products from Canada to India does generate greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO₂). However this does not mean that sourcing wood products from Canada has a negative environmental impact. In fact, an independent study confirmed that because trees store carbon while they are alive, and then in the lumber and products produced, the benefits of the stored carbon (CO₂equivalent) far outweighs any negative impacts from getting the products to India, by a factor of 2.3 to 1.

Indian customers can be assured that they can source products from Canada without negative effects on the environment, and be assured that they come from legal and sustainably managed forests.

To learn more about sustainable forest management in B.C. please visit www.naturallywood.com.