There are many organizations and individuals working on sustainable forestry criteria and indicator research and monitoring initiatives internationally, nationally, and provincially. Research institutes, universities and government research groups are investigating social, economic and biophysical criteria and indicators at an international, national, regional and local scale. In response to, and in support of international commitments, the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers recently revised a set of national criteria and indicators. Under the new Forest and Range Practices Act, the Province of British Columbia has taken on the responsibility for setting objectives for 11 Values and is looking into appropriate and meaningful science-based criteria and indicators for their effectiveness evaluation framework. Under the new legislation, Licensees are taking on responsibility for defining results and strategies to achieve provincial objectives and seek meaningful local-level (management unit) indicators. To secure market access, the Forest Industry is also seeking third party certification that requires performance indicators and monitoring frameworks. Finally the Forest Practices Board, as an objective third party watchdog responsible to the Public, retains its role of performing audits and reporting on forest practices. All parties seek an effective, efficient and meaningful mechanism to assess and report on performance. There is a desire to define a collaborative approach to criteria and indicators research and monitoring frameworks in order to improve communications, reduce duplication, increase efficiency and make more effective use of investment funds. To move towards some resolution in these issues, the Forest Practices Board engaged FORREX-Forest Research Extension Partnership to facilitate a dialogue with interested key parties (Appendix 1) to scope out the level of professional work that needs to be done to complete useful sets of criteria and indicators for the FRPA specified values, CCFM criterion, certification sets and others used in sustainable forest management, at the appropriate temporal and spatial scales. FORREX will also facilitate collaborative development of sets of commonly accepted criteria and indicators, working with leaders in this field and affected parties to increase awareness of the need for working models with generally acceptable methods of measurement and practical application.
Hollstedt, Christine. 2005. Identifying Common Ground For Sustainable Forest Management Criteria and Indicators Initiatives In British Columbia, Canada: 2004-05 Progress Report. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2005MR027
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), British, Columbia
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