The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) plays a significant role in 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 forests, water, fish, wildlife, ranges, and land-based resources, which provide social, economic, and environmental benefits 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: Ecosystem Stewardship; Ecosystem Health and Disturbance; Water; Species and Habitats; Timber Supply; and Bio-economy. Each portfolio is led by an interdisciplinary team of research scientists embedded within the operations of the Ministry, which represents both regional and provincial-level research needs. This organizational structure is intended to be responsive to existing and emerging research needs, 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. The Program will focus on three key goals: Maintain Excellence in Applied Research; Sustain an Effective and Proactive Research Culture, and; Reinforce Research Knowledge Management and Extension Services Over the next three years the Research Program will work with partners within and outside government to deliver these important goals.
Francesco Cortini. 2021. Research Program Strategic Plan 2021-2024. FLNRORD. Misc. Report (FLNRORD). MR127
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Research Program Strategic Plan
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