The Toronto Star has reported that a landmark deal has been reached between a coalition of environmental groups and the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC). As a part of the deal, the 21-member FPAC has agreed to suspend new logging on 29 million hectares of woodland in Canada’s controversial Boreal Forest. Environmental groups agreed to end boycotts aimed at companies working in the forest.
Avram Lazar, the head of the Forest Products Council, and a key stakeholder in the process, distributed copies of Adam Kahane’s book Solving Tough Problems during the talks in order to encourage a new form of engagement around this issue. Avram and other members of FPAC had been involved in an earlier multi-stakeholder process–the 3E Initiative (Economy, Energy, Environment)–which focused on improving the quality and effectiveness of public and private climate change actions in Canada. 3E was convened by Canadian businessman, John Roy, and facilitated by Reos Partners.