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Program ID: Innovation Anthology #896
Program Date: 09/14/2017
Program Category: Alberta, Conservation, Environment, Forests, Wildlife

Healthy Landscapes Program: Holistic Approach


Ecosystem based management is a new paradigm in forest management that has evolved over the last two decades.

The idea is to promote sustainability and maintain biodiversity by looking at the forest landscape in a more holistic way.

Dr David Andison is a landscape ecologist at the University of British Columbia.  And he's part of the Healthy Landscapes Program with fRI Research.


DR DAVID ANDISON :
 
  Right now how we manage complex ecosystems like landscapes, is we break them apart into pieces and we hand the management and the responsibility and the profit motive for each of them off to different agencies.   So timber harvesting goes over here and fracking goes over here, water goes over here, wildlife management goes over here.  Fire management goes off to a different spot.  The idea of managing for ecosystem integrity is that if the sustainability of the ecosystem is maintained, the health of the ecosystem, then we're going to get all of those services.

Dr Andison says it is important to manage social and economic values together, and not as competing interests to support forest sustainability.
 
Thanks today to the HEALTHY LANDSCAPES PROGRAM at
fRI RESEARCH


FOR INNOVATION ANTHOLOGY

I'M CHERYL CROUCHER

 

The Healthy Landscapes Program invites people interested in sustainable forest management to participate in the series of 2017 workshops and dialogues on ecosystem based management.

Athabasca   June 30
Grande Prairie   September 12
Calgary  November 25 
Edmonton December 12 

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Dr David Andison

Dr David Andison

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  • Healthy Landscapes Program, fRI Research
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