Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 108, Issue 1–3, pp 241–260

Monitoring Sustainable Forest Management in Different Jurisdictions


DOI: 10.1007/s10661-005-4329-y

Cite this article as:
Hickey, G.M. & Innes, J.L. Environ Monit Assess (2005) 108: 241. doi:10.1007/s10661-005-4329-y


The concept of sustainable forest management (SFM) requires forest resource managers to monitor and collect information pertaining to their environmental, economic and social impact. There are increasing expectations from a variety of publics (government, customers, and other stakeholders) that forests be demonstrably well-managed, creating incentives for forest managers to design credible systems for assessing their management performance. It is against this background that local, national and international approaches to regulating forest practices have been evolving. This article reviews the different dimensions of governance as they relate to monitoring and information reporting in the forest sector. Specifically, it discusses the changing role of sovereignty, the effects of globalization and the emergence of civil society stakeholders in forestry-related decision-making. Concepts such as sovereignty and globalization have important implications for monitoring forest practices and for defining SFM. Whether SFM standard creation and enforcement involves a sovereign, shared-sovereignty or civil society approach will affect the level and nature of SFM monitoring. As a result, we need to better consider the concept of monitoring appropriate to the scale and intensity of operations, how monitoring and information reporting standards differ between jurisdictions, and what this means for independently verifying SFM at an inter-jurisdictional level.


civil society globalization monitoring governance sovereignty stakeholders sustainable forest management 

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© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sustainable Forest Management Laboratory, Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of ForestryUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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