The Essential Service That’s Protecting Our Future: Our Forest Sector – CIF-IFC does a Q&A with Mediaplanet as part of the The Future of Our Planet campaign, published in the National Post and online on innovatingcanada.ca in alignment with Earth Month/Earth Day 2021.
The below article appeared in the National Post and on innovatingcanada.ca on March 31, 2021.
The Essential Service That’s Protecting Our Future: Our Forest Sector
The Canadian Institute of Forestry is the national voice of forest practitioners, with an interdisciplinary membership across Canada working to ensure that our forests are vibrant, healthy, and sustainable.
What are the greatest environmental challenges facing Canada’s forests today?
Canada’s forests face numerous threats due to a changing climate, including increased outbreaks from insects and diseases, and fire activity. In 2020, Natural Resources Canada reported that over 18.2 million hectares of forests were affected by insects and fires combined¹. However, Canada’s forests remain resilient, adaptive, and well-managed. A diverse and inclusive workforce will increase the forest sector’s capacity to adapt and to recover from adversity. (freetogrowinforestry.ca)
What innovative solutions are being developed to address these global issues?
Forests sequester carbon and provide a range of services, representing a vital nature-based solution to mitigate climate change. Considered an essential service throughout the pandemic, the forest sector has been implementing innovative technologies and management strategies to adapt and to support Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy, such as building with mass timber, utilizing and refining biomass, and studying tree genetics for future climate conditions.