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Forests and Globalization

Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development, 1st Edition

Edited by William Nikolakis, John Innes


226 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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The overarching contribution of this book is a review and assessment of the current and future impacts of globalization on the world’s forests. The work has been developed by the "Resources for the Future" Task Force for the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).

Four key themes are addressed: the effect of globalization on forests (including future trade flows); plantations as the primary source of forest products and its consequences, including plant breeding and forest health; the effect of new products such as bio-products and markets on forests; and the emergence of forest ecosystem services and their impact on the landscape and human communities. These four themes are examined in detail to map out the impacts of these trends for forests throughout the world and at multiple scales, and how forest research needs to be adapted to address these trends. Overall, the volume provides a major synthesis of current thinking and knowledge on the topic for advanced students, as well as policy-makers and professionals in the forest sector.


"Increasing economic globalization over the last two generations has profoundly altered international trade in forest products and domestic forest resources management and consumption across a range of developing and developed countries. The range of goods and services that society expects from our forests, the nature of forest products distribution and forest products use, have all been profoundly altered. In part owing to this complexity, there remain significant gaps in understanding and explaining the myriad of influences. This book sheds significant light on these gaps by making clearer just who controls the world’s forest resources in the 21st century; how forest resources are processed (in particular by multi-nationals such as IKEA); and the expanding ways in which society uses forest resources. Owing to this focus, this book covers a wide range of issues critical to the understanding of changes in forest resources management for this century and beyond. I strongly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the future of the world’s forests." – Ben Cashore, Professor, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, USA.

"This book discusses the ecological, economical and socio-economic impacts of globalization on the forest sector. If you read this awesome and many-sided book you will develop a sound understanding of the importance of the world’s forests – that forests and their sustainable use are the key to our future wellbeing. I warmly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the future development of the forest sector and humankind."Hannu Raito, Director General, METLA, Finland.

"The world’s forests are under pressure like never before - as more wood is used for energy, more land is cleared for agriculture, new roads bring settlers and industry beyond today’s frontiers and climate change causes more frequent and more extreme weather events. Forests and Globalization presents timely, diverse and thought-provoking insights on how to address these pressures. It is a "must read" for foresters, policy makers, academics, development practitioners, forest campaigners and students."Rod Taylor, Director, Forests, WWF International.

"This volume contributes, in a timely fashion, to enhancing our understanding of how globalization has impacted the world’s forests. The authors have done a commendable job…" – Dr. Sen Wang, The Forestry Chronicle

"The book will be of great interest to those studying or working in forest resource management and will appeal to those with an interest in sustainable resource management more broadly. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners."CHOICE, J. L. Rhoades, Antioch University New England

Table of Contents

1. Resources for the Future

John Innes and William Nikolakis

2. Forces Shaping the Globe’s Forests and Forest Use

David Cohen

3. Thoughts on Transforming the Forest Sector: The Potential (and Reality) of the Bio-economy

Don Roberts and William Nikolakis

4. Globalization and its Implications to Forest Health

Andrew Liebhold and Michael Wingfield

5. The Consumer-Country Response to Illegal Logging and the International Trade in Illegal Timber

Duncan Brack

6. Voluntary Zero Net Deforestation: The Implications of Demand-Side Retail Sustainability for Global Forests

Jane Lister and Peter Dauvergne

7. IKEA: A Furniture Company’s View on Wood

Anders Hildeman and Mattias Carlsson

8. Roots of Recognition and Contested Claims: Opportunities and Challenges for Pro-Community Forest Tenure Reform since 2002

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

9. Future Directions for Plantations: Investment Options and Product Markets

Rob de Fégely

10. New Generation Plantations: What Future Role Towards Sustainability?

Luis Neves Silva

11. Commercialization of Forestry Genetic Research: From Promise to Practice

Mike May

12. Can European Forests Meet the Demands of the Bio-economy in the Future? Wood Supply alongside Environmental Services

Gert-Jan Nabuurs, Mart-Jan Schelhaas, Kees Hendriks and Geerten Hengeveld

13. Bamboo and Rattan Production and the Implications of Globalization

J. Coosje Hoogendoorn and Andrew Benton

14. What is needed to Make Markets for Forest Ecosystem Services a Reality?

David Brand and Devyani Singh

15. Lessons in the Design of Payments for Environmental Services: Theory and Experience

Sven Wunder, Harry Nelson and William Nikolakis

About the Editors

William Nikolakis is a lawyer and a Research Fellow in the Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

John Innes is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is the author or editor of several books on sustainable forestry, forest policy and forest health, and co-ordinator of the Task Force "Resources for the Future" for the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).

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:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Forestry