Initiatives under the Agreement
New logging and road building have now been suspended on some 29 million hectares of Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) member company tenures. This is one of the commitments set forth in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement to protect species at risk in the boreal.
The area under suspension is subject to third-party verification and is part of a projected protected-areas network outlined in the Agreement. Among other things, this will allow for the development of caribou action plans to identify habitat-appropriate conservation methods and other practices that will aid in the recovery of the boreal woodland caribou, while minimizing the negative effect on fibre supply, industry employment and mills.
What does this mean?
As part of the Agreement, environmental organizations, FPAC and FPAC member companies will work together to identify caribou habitat risks on specific tenures, develop land-use plans and consider other species-protection practices. This scientific knowledge will then be overlaid with social and economic concerns to form the basis of the proposed caribou action plans.
These plans must then be approved by provincial governments. Until then, the signatories of the Agreement have decided to implement the plans to the best of their ability without breaking the law. To that end, they have created milestones, objectives and a timeline to track achieved goals and commitments.