Forestry companies must support protected areas

Montréal, January 30, 2014 – CPAWS Québec calls upon Resolute Forest Products and Arbec to clarify their position with respect to the moratorium on protected areas requested this week by Gilles Potvin, mayor of Saint-Félicien. This 10-year moratorium is endorsed by the other mayors of the regional county municipalities of Maria-Chapdelaine and Domaine-du-Roy, and by the MNA for Roberval, Denis Trottier.

Both companies hold FSC certificates over forest lands in the region and must meet certain environmental standards in order to remain certified.

According to CPAWS Québec, such a moratorium is incompatible with criteria 6.2 and 6.4 of the Boreal FSC certification standards, which require the protection of threatened species, such as woodland caribou (6.2) and a network of protected areas that is a representative sample of existing ecosystems (6.4).

Moreover, forestry companies have a major role to play in maintaining their certification. Criterion 6.4.7 is clear: "The applicant [company] is working within their sphere of influence to move candidate protected areas to full regulated protection as soon as possible."

This is why CPAWS Québec is asking Resolute Forest Products and Arbec to state their position with respect to the moratorium on protected areas and to use their influence in the region to promote the creation of protected areas in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

CPAWS Québec has reported its request to the FSC verifiers in charge of annual certification reviews.

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Murielle Renard, Communications Manager – CPAWS Québec
514.278.7627 ext. 221