CLIMATE CHALLENGE

Climate change is one of our most pressing global challenges and sustainably managed forests are among our most important tools for addressing it. Forests certified to SFI are essential to reducing the impacts of climate change because they absorb carbon from the atmosphere at impressive rates and are resilient to climate impacts.

Certification is the best way to ensure that a forest is sustainably managed.Sustainably managed forests capture carbon at an impressive rate because younger trees — regenerated after older trees are harvested — capture carbon faster than older trees. SFI is implementing a new Climate Smart Forestry Objective in our next standard update to ensure certified organizations are managing for resilient forests, and have opportunities to reduce their carbon emissions.

Sustainably managed forests also produce wood products that sequester carbon for extended periods— often decades. SFI-certified wood products can replace the use of more carbon-intensive products like concrete and steel. The carbon savings are twofold: less emissions during production of the building material, and carbon is stored in the building material for the life of the building. That means sustainably managed forests fight climate change while they’re growing… and long after they’re harvested.

SFI-certified companies are helping to mitigate climate change through their use of our standards.The SFI Forest Management Standard requires a number of practices with direct climate benefits, such as ensuring forests remain vigorous and healthy, requiring harvested areas are promptly regenerated, and requiring programs and practices that reduce the likelihood of wildfire or reduce the proliferation of damaging invasive species.

Climate resilient forests are healthy forests. In addition to climate, sustainable forest management increases resiliency to threats such as fire and pests. While climate change is actually increasing the severity and frequency of wildfires, SFI provides practical solutions to reduce these multiple threats through careful management, which can reduce the potential for damaging wildfires.  Many forested areas are now experiencing prolonged fire seasons. More than a billion acres/400 million hectares are at risk of fires throughout the year in the U.S. In Canada, an average of about 2.5 million hectares/6 million acres of land burn every year.

SFI is the only forest certification standard to require certified companies to support forest research. Since 1995, SFI-certified companies have directly invested nearly $1.8 billion in forest research to promote healthy, climate resilient forests.

SFI has multiple projects and resources that will further our commitment to addressing the climate challenge:
Climate Challenge
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