New Zealand has implemented international frameworks and certification for sustainable forest management. For forest management to achieve endorsement of its effectiveness in managing forests sustainably, however, foresters need to demonstrate forest management practices that are acceptable to stakeholders within New Zealand too. This research investigated the within-country stakeholders’ values and meanings for sustainable forest management through a range of workshops, surveys and an assessment of the Long Terms Council Community Plans of key territorial authorities. The most important values identified across all stakeholder groups were: water from forests, forest soils, biodiversity, access and value, economics and employment, and the health of the forest. New research areas were developed for these values which were also used to inform the forest industry and policy makers.
|Keywords:||Sustainability, Stakeholders, Values, Forest Management, New Zealand|
Senior Scientist, Sustainable Design, Scion, Rotorua, New Zealand