A new environmental initiative is working to calculate all the conservation benefits that flow from sustainably managed forests across North America.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Conservation Impact Project will develop performance metrics for climate change mitigation, water quality and biodiversity – in order to encourage forest health, conservation and sound forest management. SFI launched the project during the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, which was held in September 2016.
“Having robust conservation data directly linked to sustainable forestry will help people take pride in the environmental benefits, like clean water and carbon storage, that we all enjoy from well-managed forests,” said Kathy Abusow, president and CEO of SFI. “We firmly believe that the future of forests and the environment depends on understanding the contributions of sustainable forest management.”
Forests certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard now cover more than 280 million acres (113 million hectares). As an SFI program participant, Resolute supports research to improve forest health, conservation understanding, productivity and the sustainable management of forest resources.
To learn more about the SFI and its conservation work, click here.