Canadian Forest Service Publications

Social indicator approaches to assessing and monitoring forest community sustainability. 1999. Beckley, T.M.; Burkosky, T.M. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. Information Report NOR-X-360.

Year: 1999

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 11585

Language: English

Series: Information Report (NoFC - Edmonton)

Availability: PDF (download)

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Several national and international initiatives have encouraged the development of criteria and indicators to measure progress in sustainable development and sustainable forest management. This review is intended to introduce the forestry community to social indicators that have been used to document and monitor community sustainability and community well-being. Natural resource sociologists have been studying community stability for over half a century. Included is a discussion regarding selection criteria for social indicators that focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of qualitative and quantitative indicators. A review of several ongoing projects is included, and the appendix provides a quick reference for twenty-two indicator initiatives.