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Combating Climate Change through Sustainable Forest Management

The most recent revisions to Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)'s forest management standard (2022) includes 2 new objectives that are focused significantly on forest management adaptation to climate change. In this webinar, Darren Sleep, PhD, Senior Director of Conservation Science and Strategies at SFI explores these new objectives that will help drive forest management adaptation to climate change across Canada.
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The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is an organization committed to improving the practice of forestry on all forestlands in North America. The most recent revisions to their “SFI Forest management standard (2022)” included 2 new objectives titled that are focused significantly on forest management adaptation to climate change. Climate Smart Forestry (Objective 9) requires SFI certified organizations to understand the climate risks to the forests they own or manage, develop adaptation plans to reduce and mitigate those risks, and ensure their management strategies are adapted to ensure the long-term sustainability of their forests and operations in the face of climate change. Fire Resilience and Awareness (Objective 10) requires SFI certified organizations to assess fire risks to the forests they own or manage, and develop adaptation plans to reduce the risk of fire and better manage in those cases where fires do occur. This session is led by Darren Sleep, PhD, Senior Director of Conservation Science and Strategies at SFI where he dives deep into these new objectives that will help drive forest management adaptation to climate change across Canada.

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