In 2011, Chabot, Pomerleau & associés obtained, from the Rainforest Alliance, the certificate of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), thus becoming the first private firm of consultant in forest management and environment to obtain this certification in Quebec and only the third in Canda to obtain this prestigious certification.
WHAT IS FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL (FSC)
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit, organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC does this by setting standards on forest products, along with certifying and labelling them as eco-friendly.
The FSC’s stated mission is to “promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests”. To this end the body has published a global strategy with five goals:
- Advancing globally responsible forest management.
- Ensure equitable access to the benefits of FSC systems.
- Ensure integrity, credibility and transparency of the FSC system.
- Create business value for products from FSC certified forests.
- Strengthen the global network to deliver on goals 1 through 4.
These goals are being promoted by activities which are managed and developed through six program areas: forests, chain of custody, social policy, monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance and ecosystem services.
It claims that forests managed to its standards offer benefits to both local and wider communities and these are said to include cleaner air and water, and a contribution to mitigating the effects of climate change.
Directly or indirectly, FSC addresses issues such as illegal logging, deforestation and global warming and some reports indicate positive effects on economic development, environmental conservation, poverty alleviation and social and political empowerment.
Using the FSC logo signifies that the product comes from responsible sources, environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable. The FSC label is used on a wide range of timber and non-timber products from paper and furniture to medicine and jewellery, and aims to give consumers the option of supporting responsible forestry.
PRINCIPLE NO 9 – HIGH CONSERVATION VALUE FOREST (HCVF)
The High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) defined as forests containing environmental and social values that are considered to be of outstanding significance of critical importance.
There are six recognized forms of High conservation values forests:
- HCVF1. Forest areas containing globally, regionally or nationally significant concentrations of biodiversity values (e.g. endemism, endangered species, refugia).
- HCVF2. Forest areas containing globally, regionally or nationally significant large landscape level forests, contained within, or containing the management unit, where viable populations of most if not all naturally occurring species exist in natural patterns of distribution and abundance.
- HCVF3. Forest areas that are in or contain rare, threatened or endangered ecosystems.
- HCVF5. Forest areas that provide basic services of nature in critical situations (e.g. watershed protection, erosion control).
- HCVF5. Forest areas fundamental to meeting basic needs of local communities (e.g. subsistence, health).
- HCVF6. Forest areas critical to local communities’ traditional cultural identity (areas of cultural, ecological, economic or religious significance identified in cooperation with such local communities).
We present below three (3) maps concerning the territory of Chabot, Pomerleau & associés for the FSC forest certification, showing the HCVF (High Conservation Value Forests) concerned.
- Protected lands (HCVF de category 1)
- Important bird areas (ZICO) (HCVF category 2)
- High water retention capacity areas (HCVF category 4)
- Exceptional forest ecosystems (HCVF category 3)
- Ecosystem with serpentine rocks outcrops (HCVF category 3)
- Floristic occurrence (HCVF category 1)
- Wildlife occurrence (HCVF category 1)
- Areas with risk of erosion (HCVF category 4)
- Important cultural site for the Native Nations (HCVF category 6)
- Wetland (HCVF category 4)
- Wildlife habitat (HCVF category 1)
These three (3) maps are available to public. If you wish to consult the details of the HCVF, we invite you to contact us at (819 791-8668) or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
In accordance with FSC standards, an external audit has been done by Corridor Appalachien in July 2013. These recommendations are included in our internal procedures.