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,
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
"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)