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Subject-Keyword: Sustainable forestry

Type of item: Report

Language: English

Place: Canada, Alberta


Description: Project Report 2000-34

Date created: 2000

DOI: doi:10.7939-R3FX73Z90

License information: Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported


Author: Beckley, Tom



PROJECT REPORT 2000-34 FINAL PROJECT REPORT Sustainability for Whom? Social Indicators for Forest-dependant Communities in Canada Thomas M.
Beckley For copies of this or other SFM publications contact: Sustainable Forest Management Network G208 Biological Sciences Building University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2E9 Ph: (780) 492 6659 Fax: (780) 492 8160 ISBN 1-55261-094-2 Sustainability for Whom?: Social Indicators for Forest-dependent Communities in Canada by Thomas M.
Beckley Sustainable Forest Management Network University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta August 2000 ABSTRACT Increasingly, humans are recognized as integral components of forest systems.
Certainly, humans are one of the dominant sources of disturbance in forested ecosystems.
This research examines the sustainability of human forest communities.
A great deal of human interaction with forests has the end purpose of deriving a livelihood.
This is true of human communities that rely on subsistence use of the forest, human communities that use their forests to create fiber-based products, and human communities that rely on expenditures by visitors to their local forests.
This research examines all three of these community types, as well as communities that rely on a diversified mix of these activities for their economic base. A combination of methodological tools is used in this study to elucidate what sustainability means in nine case study communities.
We report quantitative data on a standard suite of community well-being indicators, but we also report qualitative data from over 450 faceto-face interviews with residents of our case study sites.
This combined methodological approach represents a significant advance over static, quantitative models or strictly narrative approaches. We structure our narrative data collection around sustainability indicators that the research team chose.
We recognize that it is also important to obtain local residents subjective p...

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