CRITERIA AND INDICATORS FOR ASSESSING LOCAL LEVEL SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT IN TEMPERATE FORESTS: PILOT TEST IN EJIDO EL LARGO, CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO
In 1998 the US Forest Service Research and International Programs, in cooperation with CIFOR, sponsored a North American test of CIFOR C&I in Boise, Idaho with government, industry and NGOs from Canada, Mexico and the USA participating. The Boise test refined and adapted the CIFOR C&I to the social, economic and ecological conditions of North America ( Woodley, et al, 2000.).
The Mexico LUCID pilot test will expand on the above CIFOR North American (CIFOR-NA) test in that it will examine and evaluate a set of C&I developed at the local forest level to assess sustainable ecosystem management in the cold temperate forests of Ejido El Largo in the state of Chihuahua. The Chihuahua pilot test will examine a range of different indicators, including those from Boise and the ongoing USFS LUCID pilot test. Because much of the C&I set that was used as input to the CIFOR-NA test better fit the situation of a developing country, those C&I were not ultimately applied in the Boise set. Since Chihuahua more readily fits this situation those C&I, particularly social C&I, will be re-examined for this test.