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Forestry and environmental change: socioeconomic and political dimensions. Report No.5 of the IUFRO Task Force on environmental change.

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This book, which contains 14 chapters, considers the interactions between forestry and environmental (climatic) change, from social and economic perspectives. Topics discussed include: deforestation in temperate and tropical forests, the application of forest zoning as an alternative to multiple use forestry, capital management, establishment of large-scale reserves in temperate and boreal forests...


Chapter 1 (Page no: 1)

The changing context of forestry.

Considerable emphasis has been placed on the interactions between environmental change and forests in recent years. Organizations such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have produced reports detailing scenarios of forest development associated with particular changes in climate. Similarly, scenarios have been produced looking at likely trends in air quality and pollutant deposition. Despite these efforts, many studies have failed to recognize that some of the biggest changes affecting forests are related to the socioeconomic environment rather than the physical environment. The environmental, economic and social values that are associated with forests continue to evolve, and major changes in forestry practices have occurred as a result. Industrial logging, especially of old-growth forests, is seen as being increasingly unacceptable, and even intensive plantation forestry is becoming more sensitive as an issue. In some countries, a major change that is occurring relates to forest tenures. In countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, indigenous populations are gaining more and more access to forest resources. Such trends are likely to continue in many developing countries, but will also be apparent in developed countries such as Canada, which has considerable indigenous populations. At the same time as greater control is being given to local groups, international policies are also becoming more significant. These range from bilateral issues such as the softwood timber dispute between the USA and Canada, to multinational issues associated with the globalization of the forest industry and the desire to see problems such as the loss of biological diversity dealt with on a global scale. In view of these changes, theory and models attempting to demonstrate ways in which forests might respond to environmental change need to take into account the complex socioeconomic changes that are occurring at the same time.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 2 (Page no: 15) The emerging role of forest quality in setting perspectives in forest management. Author(s): Dudley, N.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 31) Making value compromises in an efficient economy: efficiency as value dialogue. Author(s): Farmer, M. C. Randall, A.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 53) An intergenerational perspective on effects of environmental changes: discounting the future's viewpoint. Author(s): Price, C.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 75) Deforestation processes in temperate and tropical forests: an economic perspective. Author(s): Hofstad, O.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 97) The application of forest zoning as an alternative to multiple-use forestry. Author(s): Nitschke, C. R. Innes, J. L.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 125) Capital management - the forests in countries in transition - welfare impacts. Author(s): Csóka, P.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 143) Certification of forest management and wood products. Author(s): Innes, J. L. Hickey, G. M.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 169) How will new large-scale nature reserves in temperate and boreal forests affect the global structural wood products sector? Author(s): Perez-Garcia, J. M.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 183) The establishment of large-scale reserves in temperate and boreal forests: some experiences of the USA and prospects for Finland. Author(s): Sedjo, R. A.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 193) The new planning approach and criteria used for sustainable forest management in Turkey. Author(s): Asan, Ü.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 213) Application of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management to a GIS-based multiple-criteria decision-making approach for forest conservation planning in the Kinabalu Region, Sabah, Malaysia. Author(s): Phua, M. H. Minowa, M.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 229) Social revolutions in forest management. Author(s): Romm, J.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 239) Recent developments in decision analysis for forest management. Author(s): Mendoza, G. A.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4, Canada.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2005
  • ISBN
  • 9780851990026
  • Record Number
  • 20053186785