Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program
FIA Project Y082307

    Improvement of social, economic and other indicators of sustainable forest management and tools for their integration
Project lead: Innes, John (University of British Columbia)
Subject: Forest Investment Account (FIA), British Columbia
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program
No significant changes from the originally approved project. This project is creating criteria and indicator tools that aid in selecting indicators that represent the ecological, economic and social aspects of SFM in a viable and adaptive monitoring program. Particular emphasis is placed on social and economic indicators, as these continue to be the weakest area in criteria and indicator systems. The project involves widespread consultation (through online technology) and the research question “How do the values and priorities of various stakeholders, public groups, and First Nations affect the viability of the monitoring schemes they aim to create?” The research question poses some major problems because of the dearth of indicators that may be suitable for analysis. Consultation through the creation of an online tool is important in order to gain new insight into the development and evolution of indicators across a variety of scales and circumstances. It is also proving a very useful tool in fostering communication and community around indicator development, especially for social and economic indicators, and may prove to be a catharsis for enhancing cooperation between SFM monitoring initiatives. However, though this tool may be extremely helpful, the research question cannot be examined without further understanding of how values and priorities affect indicator selection and target setting processes and impact monitoring system viability. These issues will be examined in a master’s thesis beginning in May 2007. This work will build on previous research conducted by the Sustainable Forest Management Lab on criteria and indicators of SFM in British Columbia (Hickey and Innes, 2005; McHugh et al. 2005; Gough et al, 2006) and compliments research by Dr. Ron Trosper on Aboriginal values in SFM. The online technology in question is the new Sustainable Forest Management Indicator Database, currently in its review stage, at The database stems from the research conducted by the Common Ground Steering Committee, the Forest Research Extension Partnership (FORREX) and the University of British Columbia.
Related projects:  FSP_Y071307FSP_Y093307


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Updated August 16, 2010 

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