Building knowledge capacity is critical to achieving an informed and engaged public.
Communities identified the need for building forestry related knowledge and understanding as an issue to both influence forest lands decisions and generate a forest culture within communities. Citizens concerned about the future of BC’s forests asked for more information on forests, forest management, land use and the forest industry.
HFHC community recommendation was to:
Assist communities in building a forest culture knowledge base so they can provide informed input into strategic, long-term forest stewardship decisions
Capacity building occurs at both the student and adult levels. It comes in various forms as outlined in the Capacity building framework and delivered in part by Provincial and local Governments, industry, NGOs and academic institutions across BC.
The HFHC initiative focuses on the K-12 Forest Education Collaborative, the webinar series and the video/website links database. There is a significant amount of information available through websites of various forest oriented organizations and documents from previous capacity building initiatives. Whenever possible these will be provided on the HFHC website. The HFHC website has been designed to be a respected, independent “one stop” reference site for laypeople with links to other sites.
Western Canada SFI Implementation Committee