WWF-Canada and Domtar Further Commitment to Forest Conservation
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Canada, a leading global conservation organization, and paper manufacturer Domtar have been partners since 2003, when Domtar pledged to achieve Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for all of its forests and mills. Now, the two organizations have announced an agreement that they say solidifies their joint commitment to ensuring the long-term conservation of the Canadian boreal forest.
Through the agreement, WWF-Canada will work with Domtar to continue to pursue FSC certification for all Domtar-managed forestland in Canada, as well as to identify important areas for protection on Domtar-managed lands. It will also work to promote FSC-certified environmentally responsible papers, such as Domtar’s EarthChoice line.
To date, Domtar has achieved FSC certification for 12.4 million acres of its forestland. The company also has identified areas for protection that it reports are about three times the size of Toronto, in addition to government-regulated protected areas in its forests.
“A key part of this agreement involves the joint identification of areas for protection on lands managed by Domtar in the boreal forest, a region that plays a vital role on a global scale for carbon storage, regulating water supply, and providing a home for plants and animals,” says Mike Russill, president and CEO, WWF-Canada. “Our partnership with Domtar will also address the management of important conservation values and habitat for key species such as caribou.”
“We believe that internationally recognized, third-party certification of all our activities is the most effective means to provide our customers with objective assurance that the products they purchase come from forests that are managed in a responsible and sustainable way,” says Domtar CEO Raymond Royer. “Our line of Domtar EarthChoice papers bridges the gap between sustainability and recycling by ensuring that both the virgin fiber and recycled fiber in our papers are FSC-certified.”