What is a Knowledge Hub?
The principles of Ecosystem-Based Forestry are universal: To work with the local forest- ecosystem as a role model. What that means when it comes to harvesting activities, tree species composition, short- and long-term goals varies from one region to another.
It also varies from one soil- nutrient- and water condition to another. A Knowledge Hub is a physical forest area where forest owners, entrepreneurs, politicians, and decision-makers can go to get information and examples of how Ecosystem Based Forestry works and can be implemented – in their own regions.
A Satellite is a small local showcase, like a small Knowledge Hub with a lower level of scientific measurement.
Build a Reference Library
To compile scientific articles and existing examples of ecosystem forestry-based approaches to provide an accessible, easy to understand format. It’s not the lack of knowledge that is a problem today, but the organization, accessibility and clear communication of good solutions that already exist.
To collect knowledge and wisdom from indigenous people during the creation of the knowledge hubs. What are the keys that made it possible for the indigenous people to live for thousands and thousands of years in coexistence with nature – when we, in just a few hundred years with the industrial revolution, are about to destroy and pollute close to everything?
Compile Information about Gains & Benefits.
To compile information on what transitioning to Ecosystem-Based Forestry can contribute, both on local and global levels, regarding carbon storage, biological diversity, water quality, timber quality and quantity, preventing nutrient leakage into waterways, lakes, and the ocean, and safeguarding the culture and traditions of the indigenous peoples, etc.
Gather knowledge about local forest ecosystems, disturbance regimes, natural regeneration, target diameters, wildlife situation, etc.
In this way, it becomes possible to find many answers without waiting decades for answers from sample areas in the created knowledge hubs.
Creating local EcoGraphs
An ecograph is a sort of map showing local natural vegetation types concerning water and nutrient resources.
Buy land for Knowledge hubs.
Since a single tree can be over a thousand years old, deadwood lives for centuries, and impoverished forest ecosystems take many decades to centuries to recover, long-term commitment is decisive. Ownership forms need to be stable, with management values written into the bylaws.
Create courses, study circles, and training for forest owners, entrepreneurs, and politicians.
A Wikipedia for the forest. A quality-assured knowledge platform for ecosystem-based forestry, where people and researchers worldwide can contribute knowledge, experiences, and examples.
Document the working process.
Document the work and procedure on how to establish a knowledge hub. To have as a guide when the next hub is to be established. And so, the work, process, and knowledge can be followed, supported, and spread via social media.