CSA Z809 SFM Sustainable Forest Management System
Leading forest certification Standard in Canada, and the first national sustainable forest management standard in the world.
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What Is It?
CSA Z809 describes the requirements for sustainable forest management (SFM) of a defined forest area (DFA).
CSA Z809 requires extensive public participation in the development of its Standards. The need for public participation is also strongly emphasized in this Standard, which requires organizations to seek comprehensive, continuing public participation and to work with Aboriginal Peoples at the community level.
In this Standard, the public identifies forest values of specific importance to environmental, social, and economic concerns and needs. The public also takes part in the forest management planning process and works with organizations to identify and select SFM objectives, indicators, and targets to ensure that these values are addressed.
The public participation requirements of this Standard are some of the most rigorous in certification standards in the world today. Because Canadian forests are primarily publicly owned, it is vital that a Canadian forest certification standard involve the public extensively in the forest management planning process.
The certification scheme is mutually recognized by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC).