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Global ecosystems are at risk. We are at risk. In Canada and elsewhere in the world excessive levels of consumption drive the loss of biological diversity and degrade essential ecological processes, like climate regulation and production of high quality water.

The word “ecosystem” begins with the prefix “eco,” which is derived from the Greek word “oiko(s),” meaning house or home. Thus, ecosystem means home system—Earth—our home. We need to develop a new way of thinking about and relating to Earth. This relationship needs to see all parts of ecosystems as identities to be respected, not simply resources to exploit.

The Silva Forest Foundation (SFF) is a pioneer and leader in the development and application of ecosystem-based conservation planning. EBCP is a practical means of relating to and using Earth in ways that maintain and/or restore biological diversity and natural ecosystem integrity, while fostering the development of diverse, healthy local economies.

SFF’s work with communities across Canada and elsewhere in the world is unique, as it empowers people with ecosystem-based tools for change. Our work frequently starts by helping communities to appreciate their diversity and develop an expansive, yet practical vision for the future through the process of Appreciative Inquiry.

We invite you to browse through our information-rich site, and imagine how you or someone you know could use ecosystem-based conservation planning in your lives.
 

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October 31, 2011

Learn what Silva's Ecosystem-based Conservation Planning looks like on the ground. Xaxli'p Community Forest conducts ecosystem and cultural restoration on the core of Xaxli'p traditional lands. Visit www.xcfc.ca to learn more. Harrop-Procter Community Forest protects the community's invaluable water sources while carefully logging. H-P also has a mill and markets specialty products. Visit www.hpcommunityforest.org.

June 12, 2009
View a paper by Deb McGregor, participant in the Toronto panel event sponsored by SFF, on her perspective of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK).


See the definition and principles of ecosystem-based conservation planning as it can be applied to boreal forests and to temperate/montane forests.

May 15, 2009
View the presentations of the scientists who participated in the April 29 Toronto panel event on the need to conserve boreal forests.

April 1, 2009
SFF releases new book by Herb Hammond, Maintaining Whole Systems on Earth's Crown. Find out more and order book.

New Book

 

 

 

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