Innovation Alberta Featured Theme:
"The strongest, non-government, non-industry, multi-disciplinary national forestry research enterprise in Canada."
The Sustainable Forest Management Network promotes cross-discipline research to help us develop a better understanding of our forests and the interconnectedness of ecological, social and economic perspectives. In the year ahead, Innovation Alberta will profile some of the leading edge research by SFMN scientists and post those stories and related information to this theme page.
Research covers many disciplines
At any given time there are 75 to 100 top level researchers working in the fields of ecology, biology, economics, policy, anthropology, and engineering. Key sector partners include Aboriginal people, government and industry. Communication between the researchers and the various players is an important component of the network model.
The following criteria is used to determine which projects will receive SFMN funding. The projects must be ones:
- that are at the forefront of research by national and international standards
- that collaborate with companion projects within research groups
- that collaborate with SFMN partners designing the research objectives and plans and share resources to execute the projects
- that contribute to site and research group networking within the national collaboration of SFMN partners and researchersCollaboration the key to success
The Sustainable Forest Management Network operates with a $7 million dollar budget. Fifty-five percent comes from the Network of Centres of Excellence program. The remaining forty-five percent is contributed by SFMN partners.
- Networks of Centres of Excellence / Government of Canada
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
- Government of Alberta(Alberta Innovation and Science)(Alberta Sustainable Resource Development)
- Government of Manitoba (Manitoba Conservation)
- Government of Ontario (Ministry of Natural Resources)
- Gouvernement du Québec (Ministère des Ressources naturelles)
- Parks Canada (Ecological Integrity Branch)
Not for Profit
- Ducks Unlimited
For more information on specific projects, you can check out www.ualberta.ca/sfm