The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), one of three organizations certifying the sustainability of Canadian forests (the others are the Forest Stewardship Council and the Canadian Standards Association), has come out with draft revisions to its standards. If adopted, the revised standards will be released in January 2022.
The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers has published a list of criteria for forest certification standards. Though the standards of the three certification agencies differ, they all meet those criteria, according to the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers.
However, several environmental organizations (e.g., Greenpeace, Stand.earth) have labelled SFI’s standards lax compared to the Forest Stewardship Council’s standards.
The SFI draft standard revisions were released May 1, 2020 and none of the organizations contacted by EcoLog News was in a position to comment on them by deadline.
Major enhancements proposed for the revised standards fall under the headings of forest conservation, Indigenous People’s rights, climate change, and logger training and certified logging companies, among others. SFI is also creating a task group to explore the development of a customized Urban and Community Forest Management Standard.
The public comment period on the draft revisions runs through June 30, 2020. SFI is also running a series of webinars on the draft revisions through June 25, 2020.