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Ecosystem-based management (EBM) is a new way to manage resource development, such as logging. But it is also an old way. EBM respects the connection between people and the land. It also respects traditional and local knowledge. The two basic goals of EBM are to maintain healthy ecosystems and improve human well-being. Keepers of the Land is an easy-to-read booklet that explains Ecosystem Based Management and gives you a tool for talking about EBM in your communities:
Keepers of the Land
Turning Point Initiative Declaration
EBM Legal Objectives, also known as Land Use Objectives
The Land Use Objectives provide operational direction that is legally enforceable and represents the first step in implementing full EBM. The Land Use Objectives are an outcome of the commitments made in the Land and Resource Protocol Agreement to translate the Management Objectives described in Schedule B into operational direction.
In January of 2008 a Ministerial Order legalized new land use objectives for the following topics, among others: cultural heritage resources, freshwater ecosystem habitats, landscape and stand level biodiversity and grizzly bear. These land use objectives are now a legal requirement and represent a step towards full implementation of EBM.
The EBM Land Use Objectives were amended in March 2009.
Land Use Objectives for the Central and North Coast and associated maps can be found here.
For Land Use Objectives at a glance, click here.
See attached backgrounder for an overview of Land Use Objectives.
See attached backgrounder for detailed summaries of the Land Use Objectives.
See attached backgrounder for guidance on how to incorporate Land Use Objectives into Forest Stewardship Plans.
EBM Adaptive Management Framework
Government-to-government agreements define adaptive management as a systematic approach to resource management that engages the Parties and stakeholders in structured, collaborative research and monitoring with the goal of improving land and resource management policies, objectives and practices over time. Adaptive Management is a component of EBM and includes passive and active management approaches. The EBM working group is working to develop an adaptive management framework that will support EBM implementation.
See attached backgrounder for an overview of Adaptive Management that was made available to participants by Stephen Tyler at the October 2008 EBM Learning Forum.
Landscape Level Reserve Planning
A planning process currently underway to spatially identify relevant land use objectives. The goal is to design reserve areas that protect cultural values and ecological values while minimizing impacts to economic development opportunities.