"Our goal is to maintain and enhance the long-term health of our forest ecosystems for the benefit of all living things, both nationally and globally, while providing environmental, economic, social and cultural opportunities for the benefit of present and future generations."

- Sustainable Forests: A Canadian Commitment
Canada's National Forest Strategy

Sustainable management of forests is a national, territorial and provincial priority in Canada, based on the following considerations:

  • commitment to sustainable forest management as per the Canadian National Forest Strategy
  • commitment of Canadians, as stewards of approximately 10% of the world’s forests, to maintaining their forests in a healthy state for the benefit of both their citizens and the global community
  • obligation to implement the Forest Principles and other sustainable management commitments made at the UN Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 1992

Criteria identified for sustainable forest management includes:

  • conservation of biological diversity
  • maintenance and enhancement of forest ecosystem condition and productivity
  • conservation of soil and water resources
  • forest ecosystem contributions to global ecological cycles
  • multiple benefits to society
  • acceptance of society’s responsibility for sustainable development




Sustainable Development Web Site
- Natural Resources Canada

Moving Forward on Sustainable Development
- Discussion Paper - Strategy 2003
Questionnaire – Public Response to Sustainable Development Strategy 2003
Natural Resources Canada

Canadian Council of Forest Ministers
Canadian Criteria & Indicator Task Force on Sustainable Forest Management