Canadian Forest Service Publications

Reviewing Canada’s criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management (Poster) (Révision des critères et indicateurs de l’aménagement durable des forêts au Canada (Affiche)). 2003. Bridge, S.R.J.; Cooligan, D.; Dye, D.; Moores, L.; Niemann, T.; Thompson, R.; Hall, J.E. Canadian Council of Forest Ministers, Ottawa.

Year: 2003

Issued by: National Capital Region

Catalog ID: 23645

Language: English / French

Series: CCFM Criteria and Indicators

Availability: PDF (download)

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The Canadian Council of Forest Ministers' (CCFM) framework of Criteria and Indicators (C&I) is a science-based framework to define and measure progress in the sustainable management of Canada's forests. The criteria represent forest values that Canadians want to enhance or sustain, while the indicators identify scientific factors to assess the state of the forest and measure progress toward sustainability. This national framework is the result of ongoing collaboration among a broad array of participants representing diverse interests in the forest. The framework has been the starting point for many provincial and local level indicator frameworks in Canada and has been a key consideration in the development of some certification systems. The CCFM C&I framework has been in place since 1995 and considerable experience was gained from reporting on the indicators in 1997 and 2000. Additionally, in the time since the framework was developed, the capacity of information systems has increased, approaches to forest inventories have changed, data availability has improved, advances in science have improved our understanding of ecosystems, and the public themselves have become more informed and better able to participate. Recognizing that sustainable forest management is an adaptive process and that assessing sustainability is a continuous activity, the CCFM approved a review of the 83 indicators in the framework, which ran from late 2001 to mid 2003. Public involvement was an important part of the review process, with representatives from the Aboriginal and academic communities, industry, non-governmental organizations and provincial, territorial and federal governments involved throughout. This poster provides an overview of the review process and presents some of the issues emerging from it. An addition, some of the strengths and weaknesses of the CCFM C&I approach, as well as some of the principal research questions emerging from the review, will be discussed.