Canadian Forest Service Publications

Managing Forested Landscapes for Socio-Ecological Resilience. 2010. McAfee, B.J.; de Camino, R.; Burton, P.J.; Eddy, B.; Fähser, L.; Messier, C.; Reed, M.G.; Spies, T.; Vides, R.; Baker,, C.; Barriga, M.; Campos, J.; Corrales, O.; Espinoza, L.; Gibson, S.; Glatthorn, J.; Martineau-Delisle, C.; Prins, C.; Rose, N.A. Pages 399-440 Chapter 22 in G. Mery, P. Katila, G. Galloway, R.I. Alfaro, M. Kanninen, M. Lobovikov, and J. Varjo, editors. Forests and Society – Responding to Global Drivers of Change. IUFRO World Series Volume 25. International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), Vantaa, Finland.

Year: 2010

Available from: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 31903

Language: English

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Abstract

Addressing sustainability in the face of profound global changes presents new challenges for forest managers. It has initiated a new cycle of development in approaches to management of forests for natural resources and other ecosystem services. Selected case studies from North America, Latin America, and Europe are used to illustrate advances in forest management in response to local impacts of global changes, and to identify options for addressing current challenges and elements of an emerging management paradigm based on the integration and resilience of ecological and socio-economic systems. Such a conceptual framework for management of natural resources recognises the complexity of systems (ecological, economic, and social), their hierarchical structures, the interactions and energy flows between these hierarchies, and their capacity for self-organisation. Applying systems thinking to forest management requires new approaches to conventional practices. Learning how to facilitate the ability of natural forest systems to self-organise, adapt and evolve, and to guide them towards a desired appropriate state is one of the challenges. The increasing importance of engagement, capacity building, and participation of all actors on the landscape as critical components for collaborative visioning, planning, and managing future options is recognised as a first step toward maintaining the provision of ecosystem services at the landscape level. Biosphere reserves, model forests, and other landscape-level initiatives that have already contributed to improved understanding of forest management issues and played key roles in establishing participatory decision-making approaches, are well-positioned to assist in testing and applying these new concepts.

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