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Forestry Compendium

Forestry Compendium

"A comprehensive, encyclopedic resource for information on forestry"

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The Forestry Compendium is a unique global compilation of knowledge on forestry, ideal for practical decision making. It is a comprehensive, encyclopedic resource for information on tree and woody plant species of major economic importance and lesser-known species of local importance. It also covers, in detail, pests that damage these trees.

As a reference tool, it provides a basis for informed selection of woody species for a variety of uses, including for trials in plantation, agroforestry and natural forest systems.

*** STOP PRESS: the functionality of the Forestry Compendium website has recently been upgraded, including providing subscribers with zoomable distribution maps. New features associated with these maps include grabbing-and-panning and zoom functionalities, better presented maps showing physical features, and improved map labelling for countries and states/provinces. Further improvements include citation linking in the text and tables to references at the end of datasheets. These are key enhancements which we encourage our subscribers to explore. ***


The Forestry Compendium contains:

  • Over 1,400 detailed datasheets on tree species of economic importance worldwide and lesser-known species of local importance
  • Over 900 detailed datasheets on forest pests, diseases and weeds
  • Almost 19,000 basic datasheets on further species
  • A subset of the latest forestry research from CAB Abstracts, updated weekly, with full text of selected journal and conference articles
  • Over 5,500 illustrations for easy identification and teaching
  • A multilingual glossary including over 16,000 forestry terms in English, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese


Unique features

  • Comprehensive and quick searches with our powerful integrated retrieval tool, offering Boolean searching as well as a variety of pre-defined ‘smart searches'
  • New: maps of species distribution, including grabbing-and-panning and zoom functionality
  • Improved: citation linking in text and tables to references at the end of datasheets
  • Report generator to enable key information to be rapidly edited and disseminated
  • Includes core data from World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO)
  • Links through to relevant external forestry information sources including research organizations and professional societies

*Figures correct as of January 2018



CABI has teamed up with Botanical Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) to offer its members preferential subscription rates to the Forestry Compendium. Find out more.


  • Tropical, subtropical, temperate and boreal trees
  • Silviculture and management
  • Tree and forest protection
  • Forest products
  • Tree pests

Forest managers, forest officers and field workers / Forest protection scientists / Quarantine officers / Researchers, forest planners, policy makers / Extension workers / Conservationists / Teachers, lecturers and students

"I have no hesitation in recommending the Forestry Compendium as a cost-effective means of providing access to a wealth of information. This is an important resource for people at all levels of interest and involvement in forests, and CABI and their partners should be congratulated on its production and development."
International Forestry Review

"[When] I have the Forestry Compendium it is as if I have a portable library."
Jiyuan Li, Research Institute Subtropical Forestry

"An attractively packaged treasure trove of information."
Phillip Adlard, Commonwealth Forestry Review

"A highly useable tool! We have waited for something like this for years."
W.Kunzel, Agroforestry Consultant, GTZ Regional Forestry Project, Fiji

The Forestry Compendium is an initiative of over 14 partners in a global Development Consortium, which includes technical institutions, development-assistance agencies and private-sector companies.

The International Development Consortium Members:
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research / Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry / CABI / Canadian Food Inspection Agency / Canadian Forest Service / Center for International Forestry Research / Department for International Development / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit / European Union / International Network for Bamboo and Rattan / International Tropical Timber Organization / MacArthur Foundation / New Zealand Agency for International Development / United States Agency for International Development / United States Department of Agriculture- Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service / United States Department of Agriculture - Foreign Agricultural Service / United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service 

Our International Development Consortium Partners:
Center for International Forestry Research / Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations / Oxford Forestry Institute / Plant Resources of South-East Asia / Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory / World Agroforestry Centre

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