World Forests, Society and Environment

World Forests, Society and Environment

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This book addresses current global and regional issues concerning the world's forests, societies and the environment from an independent and non-governmental point of view. A main message is that cooperation on a global scale is not only commendable, but essential if solutions to the problems facing the world's forests are to be found. To achieve this, modern science needs to find a clearer picture of relationships between forests, human activity and the environment and of the consequences of environmental change for the ability of societies to survive.
Part I, Editorial Perspectives, is analyzing the ongoing globalization processes of forests, societies and the environment.
Part II, Society and Environment, reviews worldwide trends with significance for the future of forests and forestry. While the trends are influenced by forest sector issues, that sector is influenced to a much larger extent by external factors - such as demography, urbanization, or technological development.
Part III, Importance of Forests, looks at the value of the goods and services of forests; tangible and intangible; market and non-market; and concludes that failure to recognize their full value is one of the crucial impediments to sustainable development.
In Part IV, Global Forum, scientists take up global forestry themes - deforestation, trade and the environment, climate change, biodiversity - with the aim of stimulating wider discussion.
Part V, Regional Forum, looks at major themes of particular relevance to Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, North America and Europe, such as farm and agroforestry, corruption and concessions, urban forestry and environmental conflicts.
Part VI introduces the special theme - forest sectors in transition economies. Teams of scientists from Russia and China focus on the implications of the transition from plan to market economy, illuminating both the very different nature of the forest sector in the two countries and the different transition paths that they have adopted.
In the past millennium the entire world has been discovered. In the past half century the contribution of forests to the economy worldwide has been perceived, while only recently have their societal and environmental benefits been globally recognized. Globalization is a demanding process requiring knowledge and information. This book offers knowledge, facts and information but also values from diverse human and cultural perspectives about world forests, society and environment to help us towards equity in our use of the global forest, to create a clearer vision on a unasylva.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 404 pages
  • 180.34 x 259.08 x 30.48mm | 929.86g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1999 ed.
  • XX, 404 p.
  • 0792353013
  • 9780792353010

Table of contents

Preface. Foreword.Part I: Editorial Perspectives. 1. Globalization of Forests, Societies and Environments; M. Palo, J. Uusivuori. Part II: Society and Environment. 2. Global Threats and Opportunies; T. Della Senta, J. Park. 3. Information Technology and Paper Demand Scenarios; L. Hetemaki. Part III: Importance of Forests. 4. Perceptions and Concepts of the Importance of Forests; Ph. Wardle, A.R.S. Kaoneka. 5. Assessment Prospects for the World's Forest Resources; H. G. Lund. 6. No End to Deforestation? M. Palo. 7. Production and Trade in Forest Goods; B. Michie et al. 8. Society and the Services of Forests; A. Mather. Part IV: Global Forum. 9. Deforestation - Institutional Causes and Solutions; D.W. Bromley. Discusson on Bromley's Article by E.J. Reis. Response for Reis' Discussion by D.W. Bromley. 10.Timber Trade and Environment; E.B. Barbier. Discussion on Barbier's Article by J.R. Vincent. 11. Forests and Climate Change - Ecological and Economic Challenges; P. Kaupii, B. Solberg. Discussion on Kauppi's and Solberg's Article by R.A. Sedjo. 12. The State of the World's Forest Biodiversity; J.A. Sayer, S. Iremonger. Discussion on Sayer's and Iremonger's Article by J. Salo. Part V: Regional Forum. Africa. 13. African Forests. Societies and Environments; A.R.S. Kaoneka. 14. Agroforestry and Farm Forestry in Africa; I. Nhantumbo. 15. Wood Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa; G.C. Monela,V.B.M.S. Kihiyo. 16. Management of Dry Forests and Livestock in Sub-Saharan Africa; A.K. Semesi. 17. Forest Sector in South Africa; S. Kelatwang, A.R.S. Kaoneka. Asia Pacific. 18. Asia-Pacifc Forests, Societies and Environments; A.R.S. Kaoneka. 19. Demand, Supply and Trade of Forest Products in Asia-Pacific; D. Zhang, J. Buongiorno. 20. Community Forestry Development in India; A.K. Banarjee. 21. Political Power and the Indonesian Forest Concession System; S. Kasa. 22. Development of the Forest Sector in Indonesia; W.D. Sunderlin. Latin America. 23. Latin American Forests, Societies and Environments; G. Mery. 24. Plantation and Natural Forests in Latin America Balanced Developments? R. de Camino. 25. Urban Forestry Development in Latin America; W. Cobo. 26. Forests, Policies and People on the Central American Agricultural Frontier; D. Kaimowitz, J. Paupitz. 27. Forest Policies in Brazil; S. Kengen, L.R. Graca. North America and Europe. 28. Forests. Societies and Environments in North America and Europe; G. Mery et al. 29. Environmental Forestry Conflicts in Europe and the United States; E. Hellstroem. 30.Timber Certification Prospects; D. Ingram, R.-R. Enroth. 31.Technological Flexibility in the North American Forest Sector; P.J. Ince. 32. Forest-based Development in Finland a Unique Success? M. Palo, J. Uusivuori. Part VI. Special theme forest sectors of
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Review quote

`... the editors are to be congratulated for making the attempt to involve authors from throughout the world in this publication and for presenting some intersting cases from severy countries. I am happy, therefore, to recommend to those concerned with sustainability of forestry goods and services, to acquire a copy and use it as background reading and a source of information.'
International Forestry Review, 1:4 (1999)
`Extensively referenced, this book is an important library addition for anyone involved with management issues relating to forestry.'
Northeastern Naturalist, 6:3 (2000)
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