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'Criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management'. Papers presented at a IUFRO/CIFOR/FAO conference 'Sustainable forest management: fostering stakeholder input to advance development of scientifically based indicators' held in Melbourne, Australia, August 1998.

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The book contains the peer-reviewed, revised and edited invited keynote, overview and review papers presented at a IUFRO/CIFOR/FAO conference for each of the seven generic sustainability criteria for forest management. The sustainability criteria covered are: (i) social and economic functions and conditions; (ii) legal and institutional frameworks; (iii) productive capacity; (iv) ecosystem health ...

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Chapter 6 (Page no: 107)

SFM indicators as tools in political and economic contexts: actual and potential roles.

The situation of society and of forests has considerably changed within recent decades and these changes have some major implications for information requirements. The concept of sustainable forest management (SFM) has gained global political attention as the key to balance preservation and utilization of forests - and its content has been considerably extended to better cover ecological and social aspects. Indicators for a more detailed measurement of and reporting on progress towards SFM have taken a prominent role both in forest policy and in SFM certification in the 1990s. The elaboration of indicators as a tool in forest policy and in business contexts faces many similar challenges, such as the need to specify in concrete terms what is meant by the abstract concept SFM. In both areas, people are confronted with methodological weaknesses and a lack of practically useful data in key areas. A comparison of potential application and actual uses of indicators today also reveals that SFM indicators could and possibly will be used in many more areas. Today, SFM indicators are still in rather early stages of development. To become a truly useful tool in practice, considerably more work is needed to overcome existing shortcomings and to make indicator sets useful in a broader range of applications.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 5) Application of criteria and indicators to support sustainable forest management: some key issues. Author(s): Raison, R. J. Flinn, D. W. Brown, A. G.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 19) Policy inflation, capacity constraints: can criteria and indicators bridge the gap? Author(s): Bass, S.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 39) Between voodoo science and adaptive management: the role and research needs for indicators of sustainable forest management. Author(s): Prabhu, R. Ruitenbeek, H. J. Boyle, T. J. B. Colfer, C. J. P.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 67) 'Whose forest is this, anyway?' Criteria and indicators on access to resources. Author(s): Colfer, C. J. P. Salim, A. Tiani, A. M. Tchikangwa, B. Sardjono, M. A. Prabhu, R.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 93) Representing the future: a framework for evaluating the utility of indicators in the search for sustainable forest management. Author(s): McCool, S. F. Stankey, G.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 131) Legal frameworks in criteria and indicator approaches. Author(s): Eeronheimo, O.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 145) Collaborative action and technology transfer as means of strengthening the implementation of national-level criteria and indicators. Author(s): Castañeda, F.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 165) Inventory and forecasting productive capacity for natural forests. Author(s): Penny, R. Brack, C. Gadow, K. von Lund, G.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 183) Indicators for sustained productive capacity of New Zealand and Australian plantation forests. Author(s): Smith, C. T. Gordon, A. D. Payn, T. W. Richardson, B. Schoenholtz, S. H. Skinner, M. F. Snowdon, P. West, G. G.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 199) Indicators to guide management for multiple forest use. Author(s): Beese, F. O. Ludwig, B.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 215) Impacts of environmental stress on forest health: the need for more accurate indicators. Author(s): Innes, J. L. Karnosky, D. F.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 231) Guiding concepts for the application of indicators to interpret change in soil properties and processes in forests. Author(s): Raison, R. J. Rab, M. A.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 259) Catchment and process studies in forest hydrology: implications for indicators of sustainable forest management. Author(s): Roberts, J.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 311) The role of forests in the global carbon cycle. Author(s): Kirschbaum, M. U. F.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 341) Ecosystem-level forest biodiversity and sustainability assessments for forest management. Author(s): Finegan, B. Palacios, W. Zamora, N. Delgado, D.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 379) Assessing the success of off-reserve forest management in contributing to biodiversity conservation. Author(s): Kanowski, P. J. Cork, S. J. Lamb, D. Dudley, N.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 391) Spatial patterns and fragmentation: indicators for conserving biodiversity in forest landscapes. Author(s): Loyn, R. H. McAlpine, C.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 423) An approach to indicators for sustainable forest management at the sub-national level in European forestry. Author(s): Roman-Amat, B. Hermeline, M. Michon, J. M.