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Type: Journal article
Title: Forest Management Systems Evaluation: Using ISO14000
Author: McDonald, G. T.
Lane, Marcus B.
Citation: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 2002; 45 (5):633-652
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 0964-0568
School/Discipline: School of Social Sciences : Geographical and Environmental Studies
Abstract: Sustainable forest management (SFM) or ecosystem management is now the stated goal of forest managers in most countries. SFM takes a longer-term, broader perspective on forest values than timber production or the narrow multiple use regimes of the past. As a result of international activities including the International Tropical Timber Organization, the Ministerial Council on Protection of Forests in Europe and the Montreal Process for temperate and boreal forests outside Europe, there are now sufficiently specific and agreed principles, criteria and indicators (C&I) to guide policy makers towards SFM. To achieve SFM requires holistic assessments of forest management systems in terms of these C&I to ensure the delivery of sustainable outcomes across forest regions. This paper focuses on the implementation of SFM as defined by the C&I, and, in particular, how to identify needed reforms in forest management systems. The paper explains and evaluates the International Standards Organization's (ISO's) environmental management systems (EMS) ISO14000/EMS approach adopted for this purpose in Australia to assess the adequacy of forest management systems. The approach was applied as a key element in the regional forest agreements prepared to meet the Australian National Forest Policy Statement. The ISO14000/EMS, in conjunction with the SFM criteria, provides a systematic approach to assessing forest management systems to reveal the adequacy of the legislative, planning, implementation, monitoring and review of all-tenure forest management as required by SFM.
Contents: G.T. McDonald and M.B. Lane
RMID: 0020074851
DOI: 10.1080/0964056022000013048
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