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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 12 (Page no: 215)

Impacts of environmental stress on forest health: the need for more accurate indicators.

Environmental stresses, including both natural and anthropogenic phenomena, can pose significant risks to sustainable forest management. Natural environmental stresses are not generally considered to be problematic over time scales of hundreds to thousands of years. However, forests are normally managed over shorter time periods, and losses through, for example, fire may significantly affect the economic sustainability of a forest. Environmental stresses induced by anthropogenic processes also represent a threat to sustainability and they may require action at regional, national or international level. Some of the existing indicators of environmental stress are still rather limited and require further development if their full potential is to be realized. New indicators proposed here, some of which are already in use in some countries, are: area of forest exceeding critical loads and levels (or other air pollution standards), proportion of forests with soils saturated by nitrogen or with negative balances for critical elements, area of forest adversely impacted by exotic pests and pathogens, proportion of cut timber with serious quality problems, proportion of timber harvest classed as salvage felling, proportion of forest managed through natural regeneration, proportion of forest planted with genetically 'improved' trees, percentage of standing dead trees, and a measure of genetic diversity to monitor the adaptability of the forest to future environmental changes. Several of these require further developmental work before they can be fully implemented.

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: 6 (Page no: 107) SFM indicators as tools in political and economic contexts: actual and potential roles. Author(s): Rametsteiner, E.
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): CastaƱeda, 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: 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.