This four-volume set is edited by leading experts on the evolving role of forests in providing raw materials and environmental services to meet society's changing needs. It brings together in one collection a series of papers that have helped to shape thinking on forests as a key sustainable resource. The collection includes some classic papers but is mainly composed of more recent publications at the cutting edge of thinking on forests and their sustainable use. The set includes a general introduction and each volume is introduced by a new overview essay, placing the selected papers in context. The breadth of subject matter is considerable, ranging from the management and conservation of forest landscapes, soils, hydrology and tree-atmosphere relations, socio-economic aspects including the livelihoods of indigenous people, policy and economics, to contemporary issues such as ecosystem services and climate change.
The respective volumes comprise the following:
- Volume one covers forest conservation, now recognized as crucial to the mitigation of climage change, and its overall implications for forest landscapes, as well as forest ecology and biodiversity conservation within forests
- Volume two addresses the more technical biological, physical and chemical aspects of trees and forests and their environment, including physiological aspects and plant-atmosphere, soil and water relationships
- Volume three considers the livelihoods of people working or living in forests, including non-timber forest products, rights and tenure and community forestry, as well as on-farm forestry and urban forestry
- Volume four provides an overview of policy, governance, legal and economic aspects of forests and forest management, including the important topics of decentralization and the ownership of forests.
The set provides students and teachers, confronted with thousands of journal articles, book chapters and grey literature, with a ready-made selection of, and commentary on the most important key writings on sustainable forests. It will be an essential reference for libraries concerned with geography, environmental studies, ecology, natural resource management and forestry.
Volume 1: Forests, Landscapes and Conservation (edited by Jeffrey Sayer and Douglas Sheil)
Section I: The State of the World's Forest Landscapes
Section II: Landscape-scale Processes
Section III: Assessing the Values of Forest Landscapes
Section IV: The Governance of Forest Landscapes
Section V: The Future of Forest Landscapes
Volume 2: Forests and the Biological, Chemical and Physical Environment (edited by Paul Jarvis)
Section I: Tree and Forest Properties
Section II: Forest Production
Section III: Forest Energy and Water Exchange
Section IV: Tree and Forest Carbon Cycle
Section V: Exchanges of Other Tropospheric Gases
Section VI: Forest Modelling
Volume 3: Forests, People and Livelihoods (edited by Neil Byron)
Section I: Access and Tenure
Section II: Importance of Traditional and Indigenous Uses
Section III: Emerging Markets for Non-timber Forest Products
Section IV: Participation and Gender
Section V: Challenges in Implementing Community Forestry
Section VI: Agroforestry, Small-holder Farm Forestry and Urban Forestry
Volume 4: Forest Policy, Economics and Governance (edited by Margaret Shannon)
Section I: Politics and Markets
Section II: Property Rights
Section III: Forests and National Sovereignty - Decentralization and Devolution
Section IV: Economics
Section V: Legal and Institutional Dimensions
Section VI: Modes of Governance
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Jeff Sayer is Professor of Conservation and Development at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia and Senior Fellow of IUCN, Switzerland. He was founding Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia
Neil Byron is an Honorary Professor in the Crawford School of Economics & Government and the Fenner School of Environment & Society at the Australian National University in Canberra. He was Commissioner of Australia's Productivity Commission with special responsibility for Environment and Natural Resources from 1998-2009, and before that Assistant Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research in Indonesia
Gillian Petrokofsky is the former Head of the Forestry section at CAB International and Editor of Forest Products Abstracts, and is now researching evidence-based forestry in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, UK
Bas Arts is a Professor in the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen UR, The Netherlands.
Paul Jarvis was Emeritus Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Margaret Shannon is Coordinator of the European Forest Institute Program on Forest Policy and Economics Education and Research in Southeast Europe, based in Croatia. She is also a Professor at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont, USA, and Professor in Honor, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Freiburg, Germany.
Douglas Sheil is currently a Professor in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University, Australia. He has been Director of the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda and is also a Senior Research Associate with the Center for International Forest Research (CIFOR), Indonesia.
Victor K. Teplyakov is a Professor in the Department of Forest Sciences, Seoul National University, Korea.