Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R02-16

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Equitability of standards of sustainable forest management in BC and other jurisdictions

Author(s): Innes, John L.
Imprint: Vancouver, B.C. : University of British Columbia, 2003
Subject: Forest Policy, United States, Europe
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program

Abstract

Sustainable forest management is impossible without an appropriate policy and regulatory framework. Good policy and management work to develop and promote the activities that will ensure the sound, long-term, management of forest resources. They protect the forest resource from the effects of misuse and damage, and provide accurate, relevant, and timely information to stakeholders. Information allows managers to run their businesses efficiently; too much information is costly to develop and is often unnecessary. Many companies currently seeking forest certification are committed to the successful adoption of improved forest management techniques, especially as they are proven effective within the forest-to-forest product process. Against this background it is important that the key attributes and weaknesses of the monitoring standards required by third-party certification in North America and Europe be well understood if they are to be implemented. This project is analyzing the current monitoring and information requirements of forestry legislation (hard law) in selected OECD member countries of North America and Europe. It is then comparing the results obtained to the requirements of voluntary, third party ‘certification’ and other best management practices (soft law). Multiple case study and survey methods are being applied in the selected jurisdictions. From here it is possible to consider some of the factors that affect the practical implementation of soft law standards in different jurisdictions. For this reporting period, all of the identified research deliverables have been completed. Through further research and development, this project is working towards outcomes that are especially significant to BC’s forest managers operating at different scales in different jurisdictions that seek to defend their management practices to a range of stakeholders and audiences internationally.
John Innes.


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