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Montreal Process undertakes review of its indicators

Over the past couple of years, the Montreal Process has been reviewing its indicators of SFM in temperate and boreal forests. The MP Working Group agreed to a set of revised indicators for its criteria 1 - 6 at its last meeting in Japan in July 2006. In November 2006, an expert group met to finalize the recommendations for revised indicators for MP criterion 7. It is anticipated that the MP will approve the full suite of revised indicators at its upcoming Working Group meeting to be held some time in the fall of 2007. For more information on this review, check out the MP web site at www.mpc

A great new idea

I think the developers of this site have hit on a good idea. I have recently been thinking about the need for a web site with a blog, forum and perhaps a wiki (in this case a database) that users can contribute to. There is really no other site that I have seen like this which could potentially offer one stop shopping for the latest updates on developments in C&I around the world. I believe that self-organizing spaces such as this where the indicator community can contribute is an excellent way to facilitate additional collaboration in the field - indeed potentially one of the most powerful tools available.

Are Canada's Forests Managed Sustainably?

A new report by the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM), entitled Criteria and Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management in Canada: National Status 2005 is now available. This report measures progress on 46 indicators and is valuable reading for anyone interested in assessing Canada’s progress toward sustainable forest management.

Overall, National Status 2005 shows that Canada continues to make solid progress toward sustainable forest management. The report reveals that Canada’s forests continue to provide many economic and social benefits for all Canadians while supporting a diversity of species. However, it also notes that Canada must, among other things, become more competitive in the international marketplace, be more vigilant in protecting forests from pollution and species introduced from abroad, and improve the ability of forest-dependent communities to adapt to economic changes.

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