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Understanding wise forest management

Target 7.3: Sustainable forest management – Improve the management of Canada’s forest ecosystems through the development and dissemination of knowledge.

Natural Resources Canada produced 224 peer-reviewed publications related to forest ecosystems between fiscal years 2009–2010 and 2011–2012.

Advice to governments and stakeholders rooted in science helps the competitiveness of Canada's forest sectors and the responsible stewardship of Canada's forests.

Using this research to understand the impact of forest management activities enables the government and the provinces to develop sound policies to: support the sustainability of forests, the continuous production of desired goods and services; effectively represent domestic issues in international negotiations; and help improve environmental quality for Canadians. Understanding the impact of forest management activities also helps governments predict trends, causes and the rate of change in ecosystems, and identify ecosystems at risk as a result of climate change. Since 2007, the Forest Communities Program has helped community-based partnerships adjust to the transition of the forest sector and take advantage of emerging forest-based opportunities at 11 sites across Canada.

Scientific research helps to uphold national and international standards by recognizing Canadian work in sustainable forest management. Science is used to certify forestry practices that, in turn, open international markets to Canadian goods. The annual State of Canada's Forest Report offers an objective assessment of Canada's forest resources and industry, and provides key facts and summaries of trends.

Research also enables the government to demonstrate that Canada's forest management is sustainable. This increases market access for Canada's forest products.

From 1996 to 2011, the government supported First Nations in managing forestry resources through the First Nations Forestry Program. This program promotes partnership projects on sustainable forest management, knowledge and technology transfer, business opportunity facilitation, and support for specialized forestry technical training and work experience. The program has helped over 2,400 forestry projects in First Nations communities across Canada. Over 200 publications about the results of these projects were developed in the course of the program, with seven published in fiscal year 2010–2011.

For additional information on the Implementation Strategies that support this target, please consult the following websites: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and Natural Resources Canada.

Progress towards Target 7.3: Number of peer-reviewed publications related to forest ecosystems

Natural Resources Canada produced 224 peer-reviewed publications related to forest ecosystems between fiscal years 2009–2010 and 2011–2012.

Generating and disseminating scientific knowledge related to forest ecosystems is based on publications that have been peer reviewed to ensure that the analysis is scientifically sound. This focus on science further informs policy decisions.

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