What is Global Forest Watch Canada?
What is Global Forest Watch?
Global Forest Watch Canada was formed to provide access to better information about development activities in Canada's forests and their environmental impact. We are convinced that better information about Canada's forests will lead to better decision making about forest management and use, which ultimately will result in forest management regimes that provide a full range of benefits for both present and future generations.
Starting in 1998, a Global Forest Watch Canada informal network
convened a series of meetings. At those meetings, partners endorsed
a charter and organizational structure, developed a strategy for
data collection and analysis, created a funding strategy, and worked
out a communication plan. In addition, the partners laid out an
initial work plan that included publishing a report on the state
of Canada's forests. Canada's Forests at a Crossroads: An Assessment
in the Year 2000 is the manifestation of one goal of Global Forest
Watch Canada (available at www.globalforestwatch.org). Global Forest
Watch Canada was incorporated in 2000 as a not-for-profit organization in
Canada to monitor development activities in Canada's forests.
This plan was developed over a six-month period in late 2000 and
early 2001 by the Board of Directors of and invited advisors to
Global Forest Watch Canada. Two key meetings were held to discuss
the development and content of a strategic plan:
Canada is home to over a third of the world’s boreal forest, one quarter of the world’s temperate forests and a tenth of the total global forest cover. Although these forests have escaped large-scale conversion, they are being rapidly opened up for their timber, energy and mineral resources and recreational opportunities.
The following is a list of trends and emerging issues that influence
strategic directions for Global Forest Watch Canada. Many Canadian forest
issues are becoming critical, including the following:
There is a rapidly growing international interest in Canada's forests and in all significant global forests. International trade issues are receiving increasing attention. Certification programs and market action campaigns that call for higher standards are increasing and are an important focus of both environmentalist initiative and industry response. There is the potential for substantial increased funding for Canadian environmental and forest-related projects. There is a severe lack of an independent national perspective on forestry issues. There is a severe absence of up-to-date, detailed maps and other monitoring and verification tools to identify what is happening and poised to happen in Canada's forests. Access to information about Canada's forests is difficult. Provincial, national and international environmentalists and environmental organizations are re-positioning in order to address forest issues at all jurisdictional levels. Resolution of these trends and emerging issues is only possible with reliable information about Canada's forests.
Global Forest Watch is an independent network of organizations that monitor and map logging, mining, road-building and other forest development within major forested regions of the world. Approximately half of the forests that initially covered our planet have been cleared, and another 30 percent have been fragmented, degraded, or replaced by secondary forest. Urgent steps must be taken to safeguard the remaining fifth, located mostly in the Amazon Basin, Central Africa, Canada, Southeast Asia and Russia.
As part of this effort, the World Resources Institute in 1997 started
Global Forest Watch. Global Forest Watch's principal role is to
provide access to better information about development activities
in forests and their environmental impact. To this end, GFW: