The Certification for Responsible Peatland Management, an initiative of the Canadian industry, is the first of its kind internationally.
Businesses in Canada wishing to commercially harvest peat are subject to the regulations in effect in their province.
In Quebec, peat producers must:
In Quebec, activities related to peat harvesting and work in peatlands are governed by the laws and regulations of the various departments affected.
Several laws concern peat harvesting, particularly in relation to plant inventory before peatlands are put into operation, to water stress monitoring at operational sites, and to the planning of peatland restoration after harvesting.
The Certification for Responsible Peatland Management—an international first—assures the application of good management practices in all aspects of sustainable development.
The peat industry in Quebec and Canada is once again showing itself as a leader in the field. The Certification for Responsible Peatland Management is, in fact, ancillary to the VeriFlora standard, a North American certification system in sustainable development in horticulture (cut flowers and potted plants).
The VeriFlora standard and the Annex on Responsible Peatland Management are under the authority of Scientific Certification Systems, an independent certification agency and one of the most recognized in North America.
Goals in Responsible Peatland Management
All members of the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association, including Quebec producers, have adopted a management policy and guidelines to encourage harmonious cohabitation with surrounding communities and to continuously improve its environmental record.