Explores the scale and magnitude of timber, energy, and mineral resources development within Canada’s northern frontier, home to over a third of the world’s boreal forest and a tenth of total global forest cover.
In recent years, international attention has increasingly focused on the rapid conversion and degradation of the world’s tropical forests.
Yet half of the remaining large tracts of natural forest are found in northern (or boreal) regions.
Canada is home to over a third of the world’s boreal forest and a tenth of total global forest cover. Largely unsuited to agriculture, these forests have escaped widespread conversion to farmland and ranches – key threats in tropical regions.
However, this northern frontier is rapidly being opened up for its timber, energy, and mineral resources. This report provides a first look at the scale and magnitude of development within Canada, one of the world’s major repositories of northern forests.