The agreement builds upon the work of the Forest Conservation Partnership between Xerox and The Nature Conservancy which began in January 2007 with an initial investment of $1 million. Much of the work during the first phase of the partnership focused on the protection of the Boreal forest in Canada. Xerox supported the launch and deployment of the Canadian Boreal Data Centre, linking forest data and information across continents with the goal of improving resource management, monitoring and conservation planning.
The partnership also supported activities aimed at successful and full implementation of the High Conservation Value (HCV) concept in the Boreal forest, a key tool for identifying priority habitats. High Conservation Value Forests have conservation, biodiversity or social values considered to be of outstanding significance or critical importance.
"Our work will help stem the tide of forest loss and degradation that contributes approximately 15 percent of greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere each year," said Bill Ginn, chief conservation officer, The Nature Conservancy. "Xerox has demonstrated true leadership in promoting responsible forest management - both in areas that they source from and in other key geographies around the globe. It's partnerships like these that are starting to change how forests are managed and how areas of High Conservation Value are treated within working landscapes."
In addition, the partnership yielded methods and tools that support effective land-use decisions in Canada, Indonesia and Brazil and fostered stronger international sustainable forestry standards that will promote biodiversity conservation.
"Given its global ecological importance, the focus on the Canadian Boreal Forest in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy has helped define our strategic outlook on responsible forest management and established a solid foundation to build on," said Emechete Onuoha, vice president, Sustainability and External Affairs Xerox Canada Ltd.
Work supported by the second, $1million grant by Xerox officially began in January of this year. This second phase of the partnership aims to:
- Develop and test a broadly applicable forest carbon methodology for improved forest management that would allow landowners to achieve forest certification and serve as a platform for potential carbon benefits;
- Strengthen a key tool for identifying priority habitats - the High Conservation Value (HCV) approach - to build consistency across projects, disseminate standards and train assessors through global and regional HCV networks; and
- Promote responsible forestry through the implementation of forest management standards by working with Xerox suppliers and other land managers at two sites in North America - Central-Western New York and across the Canadian Boreal forest (including a project in Northwest Ontario).
About Xerox Corporation
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About The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a leading international, nonprofit organization that preserves plants, animals and natural communities representing the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. To date, the Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 15 million acres in the United States and have helped preserve more than 102 million acres in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. For more information, visit www.nature.org.
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