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What is the “END” (emulation of natural disturbance) in forest ecosystem management? An open question

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The emulation of natural disturbance (END) is said to be the most promising avenue for implementing sustainable forest management; however, there appears to be no consensus as to the meaning of the END. We have interviewed forest scientists across Canada and, with the use of mental models and network textual analyses, created a shared mental model of the END. Results from both quantitative and qualitative analyses suggest that there are contrasting and contradictory views about the meaning of the END, which raise serious implications for the use of the END in policy making.

On dit que la reproduction des perturbations naturelles est la voie la plus prometteuse pour instaurer un aménagement forestier durable; cependant, il ne semble pas exister de consensus au sujet de la signification de cette approche. Nous avons interviewé des scientifiques de la forêt partout au Canada et, à l’aide de modèles mentaux et d’analyses textuelles de réseaux, nous avons créé un modèle mental commun de cette approche. Les résultats d’analyses tant quantitatives que qualitatives indiquent qu’il y a des points de vue différents et contradictoires au sujet de la signification de la reproduction des perturbations naturelles, ce qui entraîne de sérieuses implications pour l’utilisation de cette approche dans la formulation de politiques.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2008

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