EBM Element:

Knowledge Acquisition

Research to understand NRV has been uneven and significant gaps remain. Most of our knowledge of NRV in the boreal forest relates to disturbance, and most of that on wildfires. The challenge of studying disturbance is that its physical evidence no longer exists. The challenge is to expand the research scope to include other disturbances.

Knowledge Acquisition Case Study

The 'Knowledge Acquisition' Journey

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Challenges &
Opportunities to EBM

Knowledge Acquisition

Programs such as inventories, studies, demonstrations and operational trials all add knowledge for EBM. Indigenous and western traditional oral knowledge adds a deeper understanding of ecosystem interactions. While much of this is publicly available, significant amounts are proprietary which poses a challenge for integrated, EBM planning. 

The opportunity is to coordinate multi-sectoral research. Currently, knowledge generation is an ad hoc process driven by funding, issues, sectoral priorities, regulation, and individual interest. Ecological patterns are foremost and human activities are only one aspect of landscape patterns. The opportunity to create a consensus approach arises from an EBM outcome where information on ecosystems drives knowledge gathering, not industry impacts.

A group of stakeholders in discussion

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The 4 Classes of EBM
EBM Wheel

The EBM Journey

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The journey is the process of supporting and sharing knowledge that will allow us to shift current forestry management towards EBM

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