From the time of hunter-gatherers to the present day forests have played a vital role in the development of humanity and society. This broad introductory textbook sets world forestry in a social, environmental, historical, and economic context. The development of forests, grassland and humans is described from the Devonian through to the Age of Agriculture, covering the factors determining the distribution of forests, the classification of forest types, the value and benefits of the forest and the products of the forest and their associated trade.
Forestry in a Global Context also explores issues such as sustainable forest management, current patterns of deforestation and reforestation, and future challenges facing our forests. Fully updated throughout and with new contributions from international experts, this second edition includes new chapters on climate change and international forest policy, and expanded coverage of forest products and bioenergy production.
Chapter 1: A History of Human Interaction with Forests
Chapter 2: Forests of the World
Chapter 3: The Environmental Value of Forests
Chapter 4: Wood and Paper Products
Chapter 5: Bioenergy, Innovative Biomaterials, Non Wood Forest Products
Chapter 6: Forest Dynamics in the Tropics
Chapter 7: Sustainable Forest Management
Chapter 8: Forestry and Climate Change
Chapter 9: Plantations for Wood Production with Environmental Care
Chapter 10: Social Forestry
Chapter 11: International Forest Policy