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Boreal Forest Agreement With Industry: Not One Hectare Of Forest Has Been Protected In Three Years
The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement” (CBFA) was reached on 18 May 2010. Photograph: Richard Brooks/Greenpeace/EPA.
“Efforts to control corporations’ destructive impacts must have a critique of corporate power at their heart and a will to dismantle corporate power as their goal, otherwise they reinforce rather than challenge power structures, and undermine popular struggles for autonomy, democracy, human rights and environmental sustainability” – Corporate Watch [Britain]
WKOG editor: Hard lessons … never learned. When an NGO like Canopy [“Canopy believes that collaboration is key and that businesses can be a powerful force for solutions, and works with more than 700 companies to help ensure their supply chains are sustainable.”] states publicly that an agreement turned out bad … one can only begin to imagine how bad it must really be, behind closed doors. For further reading see the May 26, 2010 article “The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement Reconsidered – ENGOs sign over right to criticize, companies continue to log caribou habitat” by Dawn Paley. Also see the article Feb 22, 2010 article “Corporate Social Responsibility As A Political Resource” by Michael Barker.
[PRESS RELEASE FROM CANOPY]
For Immediate Release: April 17, 2013
Conservation Group Withdraws From Boreal Forest Agreement With Industry: Not One Hectare Of Forest Has Been Protected In Three Years
“This collaboration with the logging industry was supposed to be a game-changer for the protection of species and conservation in Canada’s threatened Boreal forest,” said Nicole Rycroft, Founder and Executive Director of Canopy. “The disappointing reality is that not one hectare of forest has been protected and species and ecosystems are still at risk.” [Emphasis in original]
“Launched in 2010 by nine environmental groups, the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and its 19 member companies, the CBFA established unanimous objectives for large-°©scale protection and world-leading forest practices and positioned Canada’s forest companies to take advantage of the growing green marketplace. In nearly three years of difficult work, the participating groups have been unable to agree on one joint recommendation for protection, while virtually all conservation milestones in the agreement have been missed and target dates for the completion of agreed objectives have been repeatedly shifted.”
And don’t miss the video below: Uploaded May 19, 2010 | The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement – Toronto News Conference highlights – Avrim Lazar (FPAC) and Richard Brooks (Greenpeace).