Canadian Forest Service Publications

Frameworks for assessing community sustainability: a synthesis of current research in British Columbia. 2004. MacKendrick, N.A.; Parkins, J.R. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. Information Report NOR-X-392. 18 p.

Year: 2004

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 24198

Language: English

Series: Information Report (NoFC - Edmonton)

Availability: Order paper copy (free), PDF (download)

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This report describes five recent research projects identifying indicators of community sustainability in rural British Columbia. A sustainable community, as understood by this body of research, is one that strives to maintain a healthy and thriving economy, society, and environment; adapts and responds to external and internal stresses and opportunities; provides a high quality of life for residents; and persists through time. A synthesis approach is developed that combines elements from all five projects into an overarching framework for indicators research. More specifically, the framework organizes indicators derived from the projects into four basic types of capital: natural, economic, social, and human. It also identifies five specific outcomes: ecological integrity, economic vitality, civic vitality, physical and mental health, and recreational opportunities. This framework may serve as a useful organizing tool for indicators research in rural communities within British Columbia and beyond.