Canada's Boreal Priorities Identified for the IMFN Circumboreal Initiative

On December 9-10, 2008 a small advisory group met in Ottawa, Canada to provide input on Canada’s interests and priorities in the IMFN Circumboreal Initiative. Representatives from the Canadian Model Forest Network, Canadian Forest Service, Canadian Boreal Initiative, Sustainable Forest Management Network and the Forest Products Association of Canada focused on how the Circumboreal Initiative can find efficient and effective ways to address key issues and challenges in a manner that meets national needs while also generating benefits internationally.

The International Model Forest Network formally adopted the Circumboreal Initiative at its Global Forum, held in Hinton, Canada, in June 2008.  A working group comprised of representatives from participating countries will meet, in Joensuu, Finland on February 24-25, 2009, to discuss specific priorities and collaborative projects. To prepare for this meeting, the Canadian workshop participants identified a number of broad issues and challenges for which it feels component activities are well suited to being addressed through a collaborative network involving participants from several boreal nations and organizations. These issues include: climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, indigenous engagement, public engagement, values and land use, resilience of boreal economies and ecological sustainability. For more information contact the IMFNS at imfn@nrcan.gc.ca.