The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) plays a significant role for stewardship and authorizations of the Province?s Crown land, and natural and cultural resources. Overseeing a land base of 94.8 million hectares, the Ministry manages forest, water, fish, wildlife, range, and land-based resources providing social, economic, and environmental benefit to British Columbians. Resource management decisions are extremely complex due to the ecologically diverse landscape, varied topography and climate, and First Nations considerations, as well as changing environmental, social, and economic factors. In 2011, the Ministry committed to an integrated Research Program and has implemented an ?outcome based? model that better reflects and responds to the complex array of integrated resource management functions and priorities delivered by the Ministry. The Program is organized into six research portfolios (Intended Outcomes): Ecosystem Stewardship; Ecosystem Health and Disturbance; Water; Species and Habitats; Timber Supply; and Bio-Economy. Each portfolio is led by an interdisciplinary team that represents both regional- and provincial-level research needs. Research scientists are embedded within the operations of the Ministry at both provincial and regional levels. This organizational structure is intended to be responsive to existing and emerging research needs by providing a direct linkage between research scientists and staff involved in decision making, policy development, and resource management practices. As a result, the Ministry?s Research Program is well positioned to provide timely, relevant, high-quality, science-based information to support these complex resource management decisions and policies. Over the next three years the Program will focus on three key areas: 1) Achieve Excellence in Applied Research 2) Maintain an Effective and Responsive Research Culture 3) Strengthen Research Knowledge Management and Extension Services
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. 2018. Research Program Strategic Plan 2018 ? 2021. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Misc. Report (FLNRORD). MR121
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Research, General, Planning, Ecosystems, Land, Use, Planning, Climate, Supply
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