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SFM Indicators in China

China is a signatory to the Montreal Process, and is keenly interested in the use of criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management. They are also in the process of developing a national certification standard. While there is interest in our sfmindicators.org website, active participation is almost impossible because of language difficulties. As a result, we plan to establish a mirror site at http://www.sfmindicators.cn, which will have all the properties of our current site, but will be in Chinese.

Designing Indicator reports for the Web 2.0

Designing indicator reports that are effective and accessible to a variety of audiences requires considerable creativity, even when the report is produced only in paper form. However, with the Internet, this process has become a lot more complicated. In the past, the favoured approach seems to have been to produce the paper report and then post it on a web site. However, as I have said before, the age of the publish-and-browse internet is coming to an end. The new web, sometimes referred to as Web 2.0, presents a vastly different model that offers unprecedented opportunities for collaboration amongst self-organizing communities of interest. Indicator processes need to take advantage of this new Web.

Hack this data!

Much like how blogs revolutionized online publishing, mashups are revolutionizing web development by giving creative power to the masses. Many mashups are relatively easy to design with minimal technical knowledge, and thus custom mashups are being designed by unlikely innovators, utilizing data in creative and unique ways.

Take, for example, www.scorecard.org. The US-based Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) launched the application in 1998 (yes, that's right, almost 10 years ago) to aggregate hundreds of sources of public data to create a powerful USA-wide tool for assessing environmental risks. Visitors to the site can type in their zip code and get instant access to a wealth of indicators and information about pollution sources in their region.

Watershed health across the USA

What the heck is Sustainable Forest Management?

Are you seeking an understandable description of Sustainable Forest Management written in clear, concise English? Do you have a description you want to share? Do you want to clear up some consistent misconceptions?

Go to the newly established article on SFM on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_forest_management) and contribute your knowledge.

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