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Plantation forests often have a negative image. They are typically assumed to be poor substitutes for natural forests, particularly in terms of biodiversity conservation, carbon storage, provision of clean drinking water and other non-timber goods and services. Often they are monocultures that do not appear to invite people for recreation and other direct uses. Yet as Ecosystem Goods and Services from Plantation Forests clearly shows, they can play a vital role in the provision of ecosystem services, when compared to agriculture and other forms of land use or when natural forests have been degraded.
Ecosystem Goods and Services from Plantation Forests examines the non-timber goods and services provided by plantation forests, including soil, water and biodiversity conservation, as well as carbon sequestration and the provision of local livelihoods.
1. Plantation Forests: Global Perspectives
2. Quantifying and Valuing Goods and Services Provided by Plantation Forests
3. Managing Forest Plantations for Carbon Sequestration Today and in the Future
4. Planted Forests and Water
5. Silvicultural Options to Enhance and Use Forest Plantation Biodiversity
6. Smallholder Plantations in the Tropics - Local People between Outgrower Schemes and Reforestation Programs
7. Policies to Enhance the Provision of Ecosystem Goods and Services from Plantations
8. Ecosystem Goods and Services - The Key for Sustainable Plantations
Jürgen Bauhus is professor of silviculture at Freiburg University, Germany. His research focuses on ecology and silviculture of native forests and plantations, and the relationships between forest structure, composition and functioning.
Peter van der Meer is an internationally experienced scientist in the area of tropical forest ecology and sustainable use of biodiversity, working at Alterra, Wageningen, he Netherlands. He has worked extensively in tropical forest areas of South-America, Africa, and South-East Asia.
Markku Kanninen is director of Environmental Services and Sustainable Use of Forests Program at the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), whose headquarters are in Indonesia. He is an international expert in global change research, forest ecology, silviculture and forest management with a long history of research in tropical forests.
"This publication, produced by a renowned group of forest researchers and academics presents a fresh, balanced and well documented vision concerning the roles, potential benefits and challenges of planted forests, looking at the potential contribution of these valuable resources to the continuous and enhanced flow of ecosystem goods and services [...] I trust that readers will enjoy the book as much as I did."
– Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director, International Tropical Timber Organization
"Planted forests provide society with a lot more than just timber – they are a rich source of ecosystem services and this fact needs to be more widely recognised. This book meets that important need."
– Jeff Sayer, Professor of Development Practice, James Cook University, Australia
"With a detailed glossary which is particularly helpful, the editors have produced an articulate collection of well-referenced chapters from a renowned group of forest researchers and scientists. This book is highly relevant to managing current trends in environmental management and sustenance."
– Jolocam Mbabazi, International Journal of Environmental Studies, 2011