With its 250-year history, Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) is now viewed as a model for managing forests worldwide. Yet despite the frequent use of the term there remain many questions concerning its meanings and criteria as well as its practical application.
This book explores the current potential of SFM within the context of the rapid changes occurring in the natural and social environment, and examines the broad range issues - climate change, finance, governance, policy, certification, reduced-impact logging, non-timber products and services and stakeholder participation in land-use decisions - within the context of forest use, functions and conservation.
From the reviews: 'Every so often, a discipline should take stock where we are and where we are going. This book is doing that in a very timely manner. As we gain an appreciation of the magnitude and implications of future changes, the authors present views and ideas on a wide range of topics related to sustainable forest management. They provide a much needed overview of challenges in the face of climate and other aspects of global change. The book incorporates recent advances in a variety of fields and provides suggestions for solutions to important management problems that range from theoretical approaches to practical applications.' Klaus J. Puettmann, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA "A book on Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) out of the cradle of its concepts and practices raises high expectations. The editor sets ! SFM among the target groups of researchers, advisers and managers. The mutually independent chapters 1 -- 14 have been written by professionals working in universities, research and consulting agencies in Europe, mostly Germany, FAO, The World Bank (TWB) and IIASA." (Eberhard F. Bruenig, International Forestry Review, September, 2010)
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