Canada's Integrated Land-Use Planning

  • Integrated land-use planning seeks to balance the economic, social and cultural opportunities in a specific area of forest with the need to maintain and enhance the health of the area’s forest.
  • It is a process whereby all interested parties come together to make decisions about how the land and its resources should be used and managed, and to coordinate their activities in a sustainable fashion.
  • It holds that maintaining the integrity of the ecosystem is the primary consideration.

Applying integrated land-use planning in Canada’s forest is a complex job. It must take place within the country’s unique forest ownership and tenure mosaic; address the needs of users large and small; weigh in the values that Canadians associate with their forests; and, maintain the health of the forest.

Innovative partnerships in every region of Canada – from temperate rainforests on the Pacific Coast to the northern boreal region – have turned conflicts regarding forest development and preservation into dialogues. Together, divergent interests are exploring issues ranging from biodiversity to climate change, and finding solutions that work for every side.

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