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BC releases 2006 State of the Forests Report

The British Columbia Ministry of Forests and Range recently released its second report on The State of BC's Forests. The report provides detailed information using 12 indicators of sustainability that cover environmental, economic and social, and governance and support aspects of forests or forest management. These indicators are based on the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers and the Montreal Process indicators.

Weyerhaeuser and sustainability

Weyerhaeuser, one of the biggest forestry companies in North America, has just released its 2006 sustainability report. It can be found at: http://www.weyerhaeuser.com/sustainability/06report/index.html.

What do you think of the indicators that it is using? Are they sufficient to truly report on the sustainability of the company and its operations? Are there indicators here that we should consider incorporating into our knowledge base?

Our Vision for Forestry in the 21st Century

On October 1, 2007 at a workshop during the Global Vision of Forestry in the 21st Century Congress in Toronto students from across the country and around the globe will gather to discuss and create our own vision of forestry for this century. The organizers of this event have created a survey which is intended to garner a greater understanding of how students perceive forestry and forest conservation today, and will be integral to creating our vision. Information obtained from these surveys will be analyzed and presented at the student workshop on the evening of October 1st.

Swiss Federal Statistical Office releases "Dashboard" of sustainable development indicators

The Swiss Federal Statistical Office has released its MONET dashboard of sustainable development. The dashboard is a new internet tool to concisely and attractively illustrate the complex issue of sustainable development while keeping a link to its underlying information.

This is the first time they have released such a tool and they are hoping that users will explore the tool and provide comments, ideas, etc.

Follow this link to see the dashboard for yourself - http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/en/index/themen/nachhaltige_entwicklu...

Interested to work in the field of sustainable development

To all who really think of sustainable development
i m krishna prasad poudel from Nepal.
i have just completed my bachelors degree from institute of forestry (tribhuvan university).
recently i have conducted a research entitled "Sustainability of community forestry in Nepal."

finding of the case study

hi everybody
i m krishna
i have just completed my research work entitled "An assessment of sustainability of community forestry" using the criteria and indicators developed by ITTO with some modification.The modifications were for their applicability in Nepal's community forests.The research indicated that the community forestry of nepal is only 59.73 percentage sustainable i.e. the Overall sustainability index was just 0.5973.
i do want your comments on the findings.

SFM Indicators in China

China is a signatory to the Montreal Process, and is keenly interested in the use of criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management. They are also in the process of developing a national certification standard. While there is interest in our sfmindicators.org website, active participation is almost impossible because of language difficulties. As a result, we plan to establish a mirror site at http://www.sfmindicators.cn, which will have all the properties of our current site, but will be in Chinese.

Forest Leadership Conference

The Forest Leadership Conference took place this week and I was delighted to attend. I also had the opportuntity to present on the need for open communication and collaboration to generate transformational change. During my presentation, I highlighted the Knowledge Base as a tool in mass collaboration and got a very positive response.

swivel.com offers inovative way to hack data

In previous posts I have talked about the need to make indicator data "hackable" (see for example http://sfmindicators.org/designing_indicator_reports_for_the_web_2_0 and http://sfmindicators.org/hack_this_data) and about how, despite our best attempts to present data in a meaningful way, others will take our data and repackage it in new, and sometimes better ways for their community of interest.

Well www.swivel.com has just made doing this much, much easier. Swivel.com allows users to input raw data, combine it with new data from various sources and present new innovative graphs. Here is a link (http://swivel.com/graphs/show/8091657) to a graph that I quickly put together on swivel.com using information on the volume of roundwood harvested in Canada and the emissions of greenhouse gases by Canada's forest industry (Interestingly, while production has increased substantially, GHG emissions have remained relatively constant - through greater efficiency and fuel switching). Both sets of information can be found in the Canada's latest C&I report, but in the report they are not presented together. If I wanted, I could combine the data I uploaded with any other data uploaded by anyone else. As one might imagine, this is a potentially very powerful web application for users looking for deeper insight into data.

Indicators for the Sustainable Management of French Forests - 2005 edition

The French Ministry of Agriculture has just released "Indicators for the sustainable management of French forests - 2005 edition", published in English. This is the third edition of this report that has been published every five years since 1995. It is available online at http://www.ifn.fr/spip/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=85&lang=en.

The report analyses information from 56 indicators, reviewing the progress and problems encountered in applying sustainable management strategies in French forests. The broad range of topics covered under the six criteria clearly highlights the complexity of situations encountered and the need for a global approach to sustainable forest management. The report also features information on the impact of two major climatic events that had a serious impact on metropolitan French forests since the previous edition of the report, i.e. the severe storms of late December 1999 and the drought-heat wave of 2003. An in-depth analysis of the impacts of these events is presented under Criterion 2 (Maintenance of forest ecosystem health and vitality).

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