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Environmental Management System (EMS)

The Fisheries and Land Resources Environmental Management System is registered to the ISO 14001:2015 standard. EMS provides a framework for forest management activities on managed Crown forests. Components of the certification standard include forest access road construction maintenance, harvesting operations (including domestic harvest), silviculture operations and the forest protection program (insects and disease), within Forest Management Districts 1-22.

The Environmental Management System first became registered to the ISO 14001:20014 standard on December 17, 2015. The system is audited annually to ensure continued compliance with the standard. Today it meets ISO 14001:2015 standards.

What is an Environmental Management System?

Environmental Management System (EMS) refers to the management of an organization's environmental programs in a comprehensive, systematic, planned and documented manner. It includes the organizational structure, planning and resources for developing, implementing and maintaining policy for environmental protection.

More formally, EMS is "a system which integrates procedures and processes for training of personnel, monitoring, summarizing, and reporting of specialized environmental performance information to internal and external stakeholders."

The most widely used standard, and the one which the Forest Service has committed to is ISO 14001:2015 .

Source: Wikipedia

What does accredited certification to the ISO 14001:2015 standard mean?

The accredited certification process is expected to ensure the organization has an Environmental Management System, suitable for the nature of its activities, products and services, that conforms to the requirements of ISO 14001:2015, and in particular can demonstrate for the defined scope that the organization:

  1. has defined an environmental policy appropriate to the nature, scale and environmental impacts of its activities, products and services;
  2. has identified the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services that it can control and /or influence and determined those that can have a significant environmental impact (including those related to suppliers / contractors);
  3. has procedures in place to identify applicable environmental legislation and other relevant requirements, to determine how these apply to its environmental aspects and to keep this information up to date;
  4. has implemented effective controls in order to meet its commitment to comply with applicable legal and other requirements;
  5. has defined environmental objectives and targets that are measurable, where practicable, taking into account legal requirements and significant environmental aspects, and has programs in place to achieve these objectives and targets;
  6. ensures that people working for or on behalf of the organization are aware of the requirements of its Environmental Management System and are competent to perform tasks that have the potential to cause significant environmental impacts;
  7. has implemented procedures for communicating internally, as well as responding to and communicating (as necessary) with interested external parties;
  8. ensures that those operations associated with significant environmental aspects are carried out under specified conditions and monitors and controls the key characteristics of its operations that can have a significant environmental impact;
  9. has established and (where practicable) tested procedures to address and respond to emergencies that can have an effect on the environment;
  10. periodically evaluates its compliance with applicable legal and other requirements;
  11. aims to prevent nonconformities, and has procedures in place to:
    1. correct any nonconformities that do occur;
    2. analyze the cause of any such nonconformities and take corrective action to avoid their recurrence; and
  12. has implemented effective internal audit and management review procedures.


Why did the Forest Service Seek Environmental Management System Certification?

Fisheries and Land Resources is committed to responsible stewardship of the province's forest land base, sustainability of the resource, and ensuring forest related activities are conducted under approved environmental procedures. To this effect, and as a commitment outlined in the 2014-2024 Provincial Sustainable Forest Management Strategy, Growing Our Renewable and Sustainable Forest Economy (5.6 MB), the branch implemented an Environmental Management System to assure the citizens of this province that their forest resources are being managed in the most effective and efficient way possible.

The Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy (385 KB)

For more information on the Departments Environmental Management System please contact your local Forest Management  District Office.

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