A new report by the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM), entitled Criteria and Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management in Canada: National Status 2005 is now available. This report measures progress on 46 indicators and is valuable reading for anyone interested in assessing Canada’s progress toward sustainable forest management.
Overall, National Status 2005 shows that Canada continues to make solid progress toward sustainable forest management. The report reveals that Canada’s forests continue to provide many economic and social benefits for all Canadians while supporting a diversity of species. However, it also notes that Canada must, among other things, become more competitive in the international marketplace, be more vigilant in protecting forests from pollution and species introduced from abroad, and improve the ability of forest-dependent communities to adapt to economic changes.