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Certification and industry policies

Certification for Responsible Peatland Management

The Certification for Responsibly Managed Peatlands – an international first – guarantees the application of good management practices in all aspects of sustainable development.

The program is administered by an independent certification agency, the Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), which is one of the most recognized agencies in North America.

The certification program was developed in 2012 in collaboration with CSPMA and APTHQ, representatives of the U.S. and Canadian governments, academic experts and horticultural peat producers. This certification was originally an annex to the Veriflora Standard, a certification in sustainable development applied to the fields of floriculture and horticulture. Four years later, SCS launched a certification review process that made it a full-fledged standard and incorporated the latest scientific knowledge and industry’s best practices.

The sector-specific goals of the Responsibly Managed Peatlands Certification program are:

  • To encourage a growing segment of the horticultural peat moss production sector to implement best management practices in terms of environmental, social quality performance.
  • To stimulate innovation and promote continuing improvement over time.
  • To provide a uniform standard and assessment matrix that can be applied when evaluating the performance of a diverse array of responsible peatland management approaches.
  • To promote sound and responsible working conditions and ensure adequate health and safety measures for workers protect.
  • To encourage peat moss producers to be good neighbours in their engagement with the surrounding community.
  • To raise public awareness about the issues and solutions associated with peat production.
  • To stimulate consumer purchases that reinforce responsible peatland management.

Industry policies

All members of the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA) adhere to a Preservation and Reclamation Policy  that encourage harmonious cohabitation with the communities where they operate and continuous improvement of their practices.

In addition, in 2011, the Canadian association published its position on Sustainability development, followed by its first social report in 2014.

In 2016, the Canadian industry introduced a national peatland restoration policy to reduce the area of sites closed to production which have not yet been restored.