Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R04-077

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Monitoring and Information Reporting Standards for SFM in Different Jurisdictions of North America and Europe

Author(s): Innes, John (University of British Columbia)
Subject: Forestry, Policy, Silviculture/Forest Management Systems, Socio-economics
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


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 will initially analyze the current monitoring and information requirements of forestry legislation (hard law) in selected OECD member countries of North America and Europe. It will then compare the results obtained to the requirements of voluntary, third party 'certification' and other best management practices (soft law). Multiple case study and survey methods will also be applied in the selected jurisdictions. From here it will be possible to consider some of the factors that affect the practical implementation of soft law standards in different jurisdictions. Information needs of forest companies seeking certification will also be collected and analysed.

For further information, please contact John Innes, University of British Columbia

Updated September 08, 2005 

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