Canadian Council of Forest Ministers

Canadian Council of Forest Ministers

October 13, 2009 16:56 ET

Forest Ministers Release a "Report on the Vulnerability of Canada's Tree Species to Climate Change and a Framework for Forest Management Offset Protocols"

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2009) - Forest ministers from across Canada concluded talks at their annual conference. Ministers discussed global economic developments, their impacts on the forest sector, and how to help position the country for a vigorous economic recovery. Given the challenges facing the forest sector in Canada, Ministers agree to continue these important discussions at a face-to-face meeting to be held in December or January.

Ministers focused discussions on two pan-Canadian forestry priorities: forest sector transformation and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

"Canada's forests are a vast and diversified natural resource that has faced a number of challenges during the current global economic downturn," said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources. "Our country is at the forefront in advancing forest sector innovation; by making smart investments today, we can ensure that full advantage for future economic recovery is possible."

As part of their collaborative work on climate change impacts, adaptation and forest carbon, the Ministers unveiled two reports, one on the Vulnerability of Canada's Tree Species to Climate Change, as well as a Framework for Forest Management Offset Protocols.

 "These two studies will help jurisdictions and forest managers across Canada to develop appropriate responses to deal with climate change," said the Honorable Richard Brown, Prince Edward Island's Minister of Environment, Energy and Forestry and outgoing CCFM Chair. "They represent an important step in our collaborative strategies for climate change adaptation and forest carbon management."

 The report on Vulnerability of Canada's Tree Species to Climate Change equips forest managers and policy makers with the information necessary to understand the ways in which Canada's tree species are vulnerable to a changing climate, and suggests management options to reduce vulnerability through adaptation. In the next phase of this work, jurisdictions across Canada will work together to develop a framework for incorporating climate change considerations into sustainable forest management in Canada. 

The Framework for Forest Management Offset Protocols is a technical guide that will help forest managers and protocol developers understand issues to be addressed when quantifying the carbon implications of forest management. 

These two studies deliver on a request from Premiers in early 2008 to examine climate change and its potential impacts on forests," said Kathy Dunderdale, Minister of Natural Resources in Newfoundland and Labrador. "Steps are now being taken to ensure that the results of these studies help inform the work of forest policy makers and practitioners and, as the incoming Chair of the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers, I look forward to working with all jurisdictions as we seek to deliver on initiatives designed to strengthen the forest sector for the benefit of Canadians."

The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers was established in 1985 to provide a forum for federal, provincial and territorial governments to work cooperatively to address issues of common interest to Canadians. The CCFM provides leadership on national and international issues and sets direction for the stewardship and sustainable management of Canada's forests.

Contact Information

  • Department of Energy, Environment and Forestry
    Prince Edward Island
    Ron Ryder
    Communications
    902-368-5286
    or
    CCFM Secretariat
    Claude Leger
    613-947-9099
    or
    Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
    Canada's Minister of Natural Resources
    Jocelyne Turner
    Press Secretary
    613-996-2007