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FSC Canada welcomes new member

 Monday, January 23, 2023

With Louis Bélanger’s inclusion on the FSC Canada Board of Directors for the Environmental Chamber, FSC Canada strengthens its management team. Mr. Bélanger teaches as an associate professor in the faculty of forestry, geography, and geomatics at Université Laval . Bélanger studies the integrated and ecosystem-based management of Quebec’s forests as a biologist and forest engineer. He is also engaged in conservation and administration of protected areas.

He has served as co-responsible for the Forest Commission of Nature Québec, an NGO that works to promote sustainable development and safeguard the environment, for a number of years. He chairs the department of Aboriginal Forestry at Université Laval and serves as vice-president of the Quebec Woodland Caribou Recovery Team.

“FSC solutions are significant assets for governments”
In addition to taking part in the recent 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15), FSC served as a crucial ally and tool for governments, corporations, and other groups to achieve biodiversity goals. A new set of objectives was approved by nations from all around the world to direct global action to stop and reverse biodiversity loss through 2030. By 2030, 30% of the world’s land, water, and marine regions must be protected. Additionally, at least USD 200 billion must be raised annually from public and private sources domestically and internationally for biodiversity-related projects.

Governments, corporations, and other significant stakeholders will benefit from using FSC as the most reliable validation of forest management in the world to execute the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

Advancing Forest Stewardship as a Biodiversity Conservation Solution at COP 15
In order to demonstrate how FSC’s tools are assisting in meeting global biodiversity targets, FSC International, the Asia Pacific Regional office of FSC, FSC Canada, and FSC China participated in COP 15 in the run-up to this historic agreement. The organization took part in a number of panel discussions to demonstrate how FSC is well-positioned to efficiently restore, enhance, and maintain biodiversity in certified forests through both forest certification and the Ecosystem Services Procedure, which aids in achieving global biodiversity targets.

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