Canadian Manufacturing

New edition of sustainable forestry standard available for free

CSA Z809 includes requirements for management frameworks, public participation, performance measures and more



—Sponsored article by CSA Group

Canada’s forests make a significant contribution to our quality of life, the integrity of our environment, and the supply of paper and building materials and other forest products both at home and abroad. Making sure forestry practices are done responsibly is a major factor in the success of Canada’s forestry sector. Organizations can benefit from using voluntary tools, such as this newly updated standard, to help them achieve sustainable forest management (SFM).

The 2016 edition of CSA Z809 – Sustainable Forest Management is now available for free download.

The standard specifies requirements for sustainable forest management of a defined forest area (DFA), including requirements for management frameworks, public participation, performance measures and targets, monitoring effectiveness, continual improvement and more. As the first standard of its kind in the world and first published in 1996, CSA Z809 helps address the unique needs of Canada’s forestry sector, its unique public ownership structure, and its various stakeholder communities.

CSA Z809 incorporates Canada’s own national sustainable forest management criteria, developed by the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers, as well as locally-adapted indicators developed through public consultation. It links adaptive forest management to forest certification through performance, public participation and system requirements.

CSA Z809 was developed in an independent and transparent process and was built on top of strong legislative frameworks that govern forestry in Canada. The standard can help organizations meet their performance goals and allows for continual improvement through a management system of planning, implementing, checking, corrective actions and management reviews.

Some significant changes featured in the new edition include:

  • A stronger, standalone section specific to Aboriginal people;
  • Added emphasis on the importance of forest ecosystems and their management in the carbon cycle;
  • A separate element for requirements related to the safety of employees, contractors, and affected communities;
  • And more.

CSA Group has developed a dedicated space on their website allowing visitors to access the current and previous versions, quickly reference all the top changes in the new edition and view the comments and feedback received during the standard’s public review period.

CSA Z809 is currently available in English and a French version will be released in the coming months.

To learn more about CSA Z809, please visit CSA Group’s website.

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