|The Ministry of Natural Resources implemented a Forest Values Project as part of its Sustainable Forestry Program to establish methodologies for the Ministry to measure the value of forests in different uses, including those uses which are not subject to the commercial marketplace. HSAL was retained to prepare the background discussion report and a Non Commercial Forest Values Colloquium which allowed experts in the field of ethics, accounting, aboriginal spirituality and theology to share ideas and provide advice on how to address the issue of non-commercial forest values, and to policy provide recommendations.
Our recommendations were seen to be essential for Ontario forest policy in relation to community well-being. For instance, we identified the need to look holistically at the forest ecosystem as encompassing economic systems, social systems and natural systems as component parts, with the natural system being primary. Based on extensive landscape data, HSAL also recommended the need for accounting and evaluation systems supporting forest policy decision-making to be guided by Core Principles and to encompass intrinsic values, as well as the need for institutional and structural change to establish a Provincial network within which local community-based decision making can take place.
Some information about the project.
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