Boreal

WCS Canada Comments - Forest Degradation

Harris, L., Poley, L. & Ray, J.


Abstract

WCS Canada’s recommendations to the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers on the draft definition of the term “forest degradation”.

Key points

  1. The sustainable forest management framing is too narrow in scope.
  2. Ecological integrity as a benchmark and corollary of degradation is overlooked.
  3. There is too much emphasis on the severe side of degradation (i.e., long-term or permanent).
  4. Drivers and consequences of forest degradation in Canada are presented in too limited a fashion.
  5. International alignment needs strengthening.
  6. The monitoring and metrics for forest degradation are limited in scope.
  7. The list of references in the “sources/bibliography” section is incomplete and not linked to the documentation.

Recommended citation

Harris, L., Poley, L. & Ray, J. (2023). WCS Canada Comments - Forest Degradation. WCS Canada. https://wcscanada.org/resources/wcs-canada-comments-forest-degradation_original/

Lorna Harris

Lorna Harris

Director of Forests, Peatlands and Climate Change Program

Lucy Poley

Lucy Poley

Canada KBA Ecosystems Criteria Coordinator

Justina Ray

Justina Ray

President & Senior Scientist