A Shared Vision for Forests in Canada: Toward 2030
In 2017, the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) endorsed A Forest Bioeconomy Framework for Canada. The Framework’s goal is to advance the next generation of forest sector transformation and diversification efforts in Canada by responding to the critical need for improved policy coherence. It represents an opportunity to better collaborate and mobilize initiatives, identify and address knowledge gaps, and measure progress.
At the November 2021 CCFM Meeting, Ministers recognized that a renewal of the Framework was needed. Ministers agreed that while the 2017 Framework was still relevant, it needed to be updated to accelerate Canada’s forest bioeconomy and maximize the forest sector contribution to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
The Renewed Forest Bioeconomy Framework focuses directly on addressing the continuing challenges the forest sector faces to realize the potential of the forest bioeconomy in Canada. To get us there, the CCFM identified high priority challenges that are relevant to jurisdictions across the country and a corresponding set of responsive actions for jurisdictions to implement as appropriate:
- CHALLENGE: Limited uptake of bioeconomy opportunities among Indigenous communities.
- Action: Jurisdictions could use the Renewed Framework as an opportunity to pursue dialogue with Indigenous communities to accelerate an inclusive forest bioeconomy as appropriate within each jurisdiction.
- CHALLENGE: Access to a consistent, predictable, and competitively priced fibre supply for makers of bioproducts.
- Action: Build on existing efforts to create regional biomass availability maps and carbon modeling to enable collaboration, increase utilization and manage costs.
- Challenge: Attracting investment for an industry – the forest bioeconomy – whose supply chains are not well known or understood.
- Action: Expand efforts to encourage collaboration among all players in the supply chain to spread risk and share expertise and market access.
- Action: Work with standard development organizations, certification bodies, industry associations and other bioeconomy stakeholders to continue the development of regional risk-rating and supply certification programs that enable communities to leverage local biomass assets to attract new bio-based manufacturing plants and create jobs.
- CHALLENGE: Market uncertainty created by the absence of definitions, standards, and certifications for bioproducts, including their climate performance (and that of the forest sector more broadly) both nationally and globally.
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