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An argument for science-policy integration in Canada’s boreal zone. Brandt, J. P. (2018). Environmental Reviews, 27(3), 420-421.

Year: 2018

Issued by: National Capital Region

Catalog ID: 40005

Language: English

Availability: PDF (download)

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DOI: 10.1139/er-2018-0089

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Canada’s boreal zone presents many opportunities for improving the well-being of present and future generations of Canadians. This can only be possible, however, if the associated ecosystems can continuously provide ecological goods and services. With the global population estimated to grow to 9.8 billion by 2050, Canadians and other citizens of the world will rely on such goods and services, and this will place increased pressure on ecosystem functioning and integrity. The future of Canada’s boreal zone is largely dependent on the choices made by Canadians and their governments between now and 2050. The best approaches to finding workable solutions include multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary science-policy discussions. Although policy should be informed by science, it is realistically a compromise made by politicians that take into consideration the complex and multifaceted values articulated by various parties affected directly or indirectly by such a policy. Only choices informed by multidisciplinary evidence, knowledge, and information and that take into consideration broad-based values will have the desired ecological and social outcomes. The Boreal 2050 series of papers demonstrates the capacity to find sustainable solutions, improves the understanding of the potential future and risks to Canada’s boreal zone, and furthers development of science-policy integration.