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Forests, Business and Sustainability

1st Edition

Edited by Rajat Panwar, Robert Kozak, Eric Hansen


214 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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Forests are under tremendous pressure from human uses of all kinds, and one of the most significant threats to their sustainability comes from commercial interests. This book presents a comprehensive examination of the interactions between the forest products sector and the sustainability of forests.

It captures the most current sustainability concerns within the forestry sector and various sustainability-oriented initiatives to address these. Experts from around the world analyze interconnected topics including market mechanisms, regulatory mechanisms, voluntary actions, and governance, and outline their effectiveness, potential, and limitations. By presenting a novel overview of the burgeoning field of business sustainability within the forestry sector, this book paves a way forward in understanding what is working, what is not working, and what could potentially work to ensure sustainable business practices within the forestry sector,


"Forests have a multitude of resources (timber, non-timber plants, wildlife, water retention/erosion control, carbon sequestration, amelioration of climate, recreation, and inspiration); yet, at times, these may be incompatible. The key goals of this book are to help the reader gain the ability to understand forest ecology and a wider awareness of many forest values. The work offers detailed sections on forest biomes, forest dynamics, flora and fauna, forest biodiversity, energy and nutrient cycling, conservation and management, forests and climate change, and human interaction in forests (including agriculture, indigenous knowledge, recreation, hunting, and urban forests). Overall, the 44 chapters, written by 86 scholars, provide reliable information on forest ecological requirements, as well as on management needs. In the introduction, the editors write, “This handbook aims to act as a state-of-the-art summary of our current knowledge of forest ecology.” As such, it succeeds. This title will be of interest to laypersons as an introduction to forest ecology. For the graduate student, it provides extensive coverage of current research and excellent bibliographies.

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students."

C. G. Heister, Yale University, CHOICE (November 2016)

Table of Contents

1. Many Paths to Sustainability, but Where Are We Going?

Rajat Panwar, Eric Hansen and Robert Kozak

2. The Spectrum of Forest Usage: From Livelihood Support to Large-scale Commercialization

Kathryn Fernholz and Jim Bowyer

3. The Regulatory and Policy Interventions for Achieving Sustainability

Constance L. McDermott

4. Achieving Sustainability through Market Mechanisms

Benjamin Cashore, Chris Elliott, Erica Pohnan, Michael Stone and Sébastien Jodoin

5. On Corporate Responsibility

Anne Toppinen, Katja Lähtinen and Jani Holopainen

6. Opportunities and Challenges in Community Forest Tenure Reform

Alexandre Corriveau-Bourque, Jenny Springer, Andy White and D. Bryson Ogden

7. Enabling Investment for Locally Controlled Forestry

Duncan Macqueen and Peter deMarsh

8. Decentralization and Community-based Approaches

Reem Hajjar and Augusta Molnar

9. Promises and Perils of Plantation Forestry

Jacki Schirmer, Romain Pirard and Peter Kanowski

10. The Emerging Bio-economy and the Forest Sector

Anders Roos and Matti Stendahl

About the Editors

Rajat Panwar is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Forest Resources Management and Wood Science in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He is also Editor of the journal Bioproducts Business.

Robert Kozak is Professor and Head of the Department of Wood Science in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Eric Hansen is Professor of Forest Products Marketing in the Department of Wood Science and Engineering at the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, USA.

About the Series

The Earthscan Forest Library

The Earthscan Forest Library

This series brings together a wide collection of volumes addressing diverse aspects of forests and forestry and draws on a range of disciplinary perspectives. Titles cover the full range of forest science and include the biology, ecology, biodiversity, restoration, management (including silviculture and timber production), geography and environment (including climate change), socio-economics, anthropology, policy, law and governance. The series aims to demonstrate the important role of forests in nature, peoples’ livelihoods and in contributing to broader sustainable development goals. It is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, professionals, policy-makers and concerned members of civil society. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Forests & Rainforests
NATURE / Natural Resources
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Forestry