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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 16 (Page no: 341)

Ecosystem-level forest biodiversity and sustainability assessments for forest management.

Most discussion of biodiversity focuses on species, but an increased emphasis on the ecosystem level could bring considerable benefits for biodiversity conservation and its assessment in managed forests. Ecosystems are most usefully described according to their species composition, structure and physical environment, including disturbance regime: ecosystem therefore becomes a synonym of forest type. Ecosystem biodiversity is the number, variety and spatial arrangement of different forest types at a given scale, within the immediately superior hierarchical level of scale; the example of neotropical lowland moist forests shows it to be ubiquitous, arising due to varied causes. Sustainable forest management must be based on understanding of ecological differences between forest types in forest management units (FMUs), and the conservation of representative samples of forest types should be a management objective, thus conserving not only ecosystems, but also - through the 'coarse filter' principle - most of the species which make them up. Criteria and indicators (C&I) sets usually make some reference to ecosystem-level biodiversity and its evaluation, though the emphasis on this aspect in some sets seems insufficient. We suggest that the focus of ecosystem-level biodiversity C&I should run from the conservation of forest cover and the patterns formed by forest types in landscapes, to evaluation of the proportion of the area of each forest type within the FMU which is modified, and how, by management. Where necessary, programmes for the development of national or regional vegetation classifications could make an important contribution to capacity for the assessment of sustainable management and biodiversity conservation in FMUs.

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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: 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: 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.