Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R04-058

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Land management planning methods to maximize environmental, societal and economic benefits

Author(s): Maness, Tom (University of British Columbia)
Subject: Biodiversity, Forestry, Integrated resource management, Policy, Silviculture/Forest Management Systems, Socio-economics, Technology/GIS/Modeling/Remote Sensing, Wildlife
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


An important part of forest certification and sustainable forest management will be to quickly construct alternative scenarios that respond to the ecological, social and economic criteria and indicators. Previous attempts to determine the impact of SFM criteria and indicators have focused solely on the impact on AAC's and harvest volumes. However, the key questions relate to the impact of management changes on company profitability, regional employment, community tax revenues and the ability to invest in the future. This research is aimed at developing comprehensive planning methods to identify the trade-offs from alternative management strategies that consider the SFM criteria at differing priority levels. These methods will allow companies to rapidly develop alternative strategies and review them with stakeholders. The results of this research are vital - all parties must be aware of the societal costs of changes in management practices, and these costs must be considered in the decision making process

For further information, please contact Tom Maness, University of British Columbia

Updated September 08, 2005 

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