We are encouraging cities and municipalities to do their part to help our forests and mitigate climate change by becoming a FSC Green City.
For the most part, the rapid expansion of cities results in human pressure that has highly damaging effects on forests, landscapes, as well as green areas in and around cities. The environmental impacts of urbanization are often intensified by climate change and include increased pollution, decreased availability of food and resources, and frequency of extreme climatic events.
Forests can help to mitigate some of the negative impacts and social consequences of urbanization, and thus make cities more resilient to these changes [FAO].
- Procurement Policy
Buyers of forest products could be contributing to deforestation. Many organizations have, or are now implementing procurement policies to help safeguard against this. A wood/paper procurement policy is a good way to ensure everyone in your municipality knows what wood/paper is acceptable for use. It can also help you make and meet corporate social responsibility targets. Learn how to develop a procurement policy here.
- Certify municipal lands
Forest management certification helps protect the people and plant and animal species that live in and around and depend upon the forest. FSC Forest Management certification is available to those who want to demonstrate responsible forest management by having their forest management planning and practices independently evaluated against FSC’s forest management standards. Learn about FSC-certification here.
- FSC Green City Ceremony
FSC will jointly host a public event with your city, where citizens can join together to celebrate the benefits of a greener community. FSC would work with you to put the event together and may include activities such as a tree planting event or speeches from officials.
- Official Sign
FSC will provide your city with a FSC Green City sign that you can hang in a public place to showcase your commitment to forests and the environment.
Forests & Climate Change
Forests play an essential role in regulating the earth’s climate. By removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, they form the world’s largest terrestrial store of atmospheric carbon. Conversely, when forests are cleared, large amounts of carbon are released into the atmosphere. Responsible forest management is an approach that aims to prevent degradation of forest quality by seeking the right balance between harvesting forest resources for human use and the need for the natural cycles to remain intact. Learn more here.
Deforestation, clearance or clearing is the removal of a forest or stand of trees where the land is thereafter converted to a non-forest use. FSC has several strict requirements in place that ensure that certified forest managers avoid deforestation. Learn more here.
Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal set of 17 goals, 169 targets, and indicators that UN member states use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years, with the aim of ending poverty, and achieving equality, prosperity, peace and sustainability for the world’s people and the planet. The work of FSC is helping achieve 35 targets under 11 Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more here.
Quebec Emergency Declaration on Climate Change
In Quebec, a number of organization and municipalities have endorsed the Emergency Declaration on climate change which aims to highlight the climate emergency we currently face and which acts as a major threat to municipalities.
If your city does not have a procurement policy specifying FSC or a certified forest, please contact:
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