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8: Legal, institutional and economic framework

Capacity to conduct research and development including the ability to predict impacts on forests of possible climate change

"Capacity to conduct and apply research and development to the problem of predicting climate change impacts involves the development of a good understanding of the impacts of climate change on forests and their disturbances such as pests and fire, the ability to quantify those effects on forest productivity, plant and animal species range ...

Enhancement of ability to predict impacts of human intervention on forests

"In order to manage Australia’s forests sustainably, prediction of the likely effects of management actions on forest values is helpful. Examples include:
• The extent to which management for wood and non-wood production (for example
harvesting, water yield, fire control, grazing and recreation) are compatible with conservation ...

New technologies and the capacity to assess the socio-economic consequences associated with the introduction of new technologies

"This indicator is a measure of the capacity to assess the effects of new technologies in a broadly defined forest sector on the socioeconomic structure in which the technologies are applied (e.g., employment in the forest sector or congestion caused by visitors). These effects may be important in the decisionmaking
process concerning ...