Forest Change Data Catalogue


Forest Ecumene (Eddy, B.G.)

The importance of the forest industry to the economy of a region can be assessed using the Canadian Forest Ecumene GIS (Geographic Information System) Database. “Ecumene” is a term used by geographers, meaning “inhabited lands.” A forest ecumene refers to areas where human settlement coincides with forested areas, including locations where people depend on the forest for their livelihood. Populated places in the ecumene database are referenced using natural boundaries, as opposed to administrative or census boundaries, and provide a more suitable means for integrating socio-economic data with ecological and environmental data in a region.

The Canadian Forest Ecumene GIS Database includes the custom boundaries for more than 4,200 populated areas across Canada, many of which were derived from remote-sensing “night-lights” imagery. Each ecumene place has a corresponding set of attributes pertaining to place name, province and other descriptive information, as well as an initial custom set of demographic and labour force variables derived from Statistics Canada Census and National Household Survey data for 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016. An analysis of ecumene labour force data and location of mill facilities resulted in a generalized rendering showing regional dependency of the forest industry. The location of mill facilities layer includes information on mill type (i.e., pulp and saw) and ownership. The sensitivity to forest industry layer shows which forest communities and regions are more sensitive to economic impacts in the forest industry

Data provided by: Brian Eddy

Reference: Eddy, B. and Dort, A., 2011. Integrating Socio-Economic Data for Integrated Land Management (ILM): Examples from the Humber River Basin, Western Newfoundland. GEOMATICA, 65(3), pp.283-291.

Years Scenario Description Data Type Link
2001-2011 Canadian Ecumene GIS Database shape Download (46 MB)
2001 Aggregated labour force data for 2001 xls Download (1 MB)
2006 Aggregated labour force data for 2006 xls Download (1 MB)
2011 Aggregated labour force data for 2011 xls Download (1 MB)
2001-2011 Human Habitat Indicators xls; dbf Download (13 MB)