How are different countries reporting on their forests?
Different countries have taken very different approaches to reporting on their nation's forests. In most cases, countries are producing a variety of reporting products aimed at different audiences. In some cases, the products seem to be part of a larger coordinated communications package (Australia), in others, the products seem to fit together largely as a result of hapenstance (Canada). Whatever the case, individuals responsible for reporting on forests may be able to learn some new approaches to communicating with their audience by examining the suite of products below.
Natural Resources Canada
– Quick access to previous State of Canada’s Forest annual reports, statistics and other information
– Report by the Minister of Natural Resources to Parliament. Provides a succinct overview of key forest-related priorities. It focuses on innovative, collaborative and strategic work being undertaken by the federal, provincial and territorial governments. The report also highlights statistical information and major news events.
– This brochure provides a statistical snapshot of the importance of Canada’s natural resources
Canadian Forest Service
– 2-pages, focused on specific issues (e.g. Deforestation in Canada, Canada’s forests as a carbon sink, contribution of harvesting to climate change)
– This biannual publication is intended to stimulate and enhance discussion with the Canadian forest sector by examining compelling issues from the perspectives of various stakeholders. Viewpoint will also indicate where Canada stands in terms of a healthy forest sector and suggest – when appropriate – the direction Canada should take.
Canadian Council of Forest Ministers
• C&I of SFM in Canada: National Status 2005 (previously paper, future on web)
– Produced every 5 years, reports on Canada’s progress toward SFM using the CCFM C&I framework
– Summary of National Status 2005. Highlights key conditions and trends.
• International Forestry Partnerships Program
• Web site with information promoting Canadian forest policies and practices, initiatives and achievements with the intent of positioning Canada as an environmentally responsible forest nation and Canadian forest products as an environmentally friendly and renewable choice
• 2-pages, focused on specific issues (e.g certification, woodland caribou)
• 8-20 pages. In-depth look at specific issues (E.g Boreal Forest, SFM in Canada)
– Provides a selection of statistical forestry data published annually. Compiled from the National Forestry Database, data are displayed for each jurisdiction in Canada as well as national totals.
– Provides authoritative information about Canada’s forests and how they are being managed
– Provides authoritative data and information on the distribution and structure of Canada’s forests
- The State of British Columbia's Forests
- Criteria and Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management in Quebec
- Ontario State of the Forest Report 2006 (C&I report)
- Forest Resources of Ontario (Forest Statistics)
– Quick access to national and state C&I reports and other information
• State of the Forests Report 2008 (Full Report and Executive Summary)
– C&I report, produced every 5 years by fed/state/terr committee
– 2 pages, focused on specific issues, produced by federal government
– Summarises major changes in forest use and management since 1992
– 12 pages, in depth assessments based on most recent research as a basis for decision making
– 4-6 pages, each profile examines size, distribution, and tenure of one of eight native forest types or two plantation types
– Pocket-sized booklet, produced annually, updates to indicators and forest facts
– C&I report, a snapshot of current trends and conditions in America’s forests (Produced by US Forest Service)
– Supplement with details on analysis and data sources
– Summarises broad array of activities underway in US aimed at improving the protection and sustainable management of forests (produced by Pinchot Institute)
– Basis for dialogue on what further actions are needed
– Seven authors from diverse forest backgrounds offer their perspectives on the critical messages that emerge from the National Report (produced by Society of American Foresters)
– Stimulates stakeholder dialogue on the meaning of the National Report on Sustainable Forests
– Participants include public and private organizations and individuals
– Oregon’s C&I with desired trends set by Forest Program
– Vision for Oregon’s forests based on the 7 Montreal Process criteria
– Quarterly magazine, popular articles on forests and forestry in Oregon
– 2 pages, focused on specific issues
– 2-3 pages, summarise major activities and businesses of Oregon Department of Forestry
Ministerial Conference for the protection of Forests in Europe
State of Finland's Forests 2007 - Published by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Woodlands for Wales: Progress Report 2001-2005 - Published by the Forestry Commission Wales