Doing it right: The Canadian Peat Moss Industry’s Social Responsibility Journey

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Marie-Claire LeBlanc, Stéphanie Boudreau, and Paul Short

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Over the past years, the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA), the Québec Peat Moss Producers Association (APTHQ) and their members have undertaken a social responsibility approach for the horticultural peat sector in Canada. One of the central pillars of this initiative is the long-lasting support to scientific research to develop Industry Best Management Practices. For over almost 30 years now, tremendous advances in responsible peatland management have been done. From the development of the Moss Layer Transfer Technique to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions assessment in the various stages do the peat life cycle, this presentation will discuss the Canadian Peat Moss Industry’s Social Responsibility Journey. The most recent statistics on industry use of peatlands will also be presented, including a follow-up on the implementation of the National Peatland Restoration Initiative aimed at reducing the industry’s historical footprint.

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