Commonwealth NGOs
related to forestry

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bullet2 Sustainable Forest Management Network

G-208, Biological Sciences Building

University of Alberta

Edmonton T6G 2E9





Type:  Research NGO   

Scope:  national   

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.