G-208, Biological Sciences Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton T6G 2E9
Type: Research NGO
Interest in Forestry: central
Established in 1995, the Sustainable Forest Management Network (SFM Network; SFMN) is an incorporated, non-profit Canadian research Network of Centres of Excellence, based at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Our mission is to:
Deliver an internationally-recognized, interdisciplinary program that undertakes relevant university-based, peer-reviewed research;
Develop networks of researchers and industry, government, Aboriginal, and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners;
Offer innovative approaches to knowledge transfer; and
Provide educational opportunities in an interdisciplinary, partner-oriented framework, with the goal of training scientists and advanced practitioners to meet the challenges of modern natural resource management.
We support interdisciplinary, university-based research that addresses issues related to sustainable forest management. Our research program was designed to contribute to the transition from sustained-yield forestry to sustainable forest management. The following initiatives are the core goals of the program:
To develop strategies and tools to promote ecological, economic, and social sustainability;
To develop better monitoring protocols and indicators of sustainability to assist Canadian industry in satisfying international market demands for good environmental performance;
To emphasize policy analysis to better inform policy makers;
To use networking and research to meet Aboriginal and forestry-based communities' needs, rights, and interests;
To enhance links with international, national, and provincial/territorial research organizations;
To create better training opportunities by strengthening the interdisciplinary research environment and involving committed partners; and
To transfer knowledge and technology into forest management practice.