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Forests in Landscapes

Ecosystem Approaches to Sustainability, 1st Edition

Edited by Jeffrey Sayer, Stewart Maginnis, Michelle Laurie


258 pages

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�At last a really useful book telling us how all the rhetoric about ecosystem approaches and sustainable forest management is being translated into practical solutions on the ground� CLAUDE MARTIN, WWF INTERNATIONAL �For too long, foresters have seen forests as logs waiting to be turned into something useful. This book demonstrates that forests in fact have multiple values, and managing them as ecosystems will bring more benefits to a greater cross-section of the public� JEFFREY A. MCNEELY, CHIEF SCIENTIST, IUCN �This book demonstrates that [ecosystem approaches and sustainable forest management] are neither alternative methods of forest management nor are they simply complicated ways of saying the same thing. They are both emerging concepts for more integrated and holistic ways of managing forests within larger landscapes in ways that optimize benefits to all stakeholders� ACHIM STEINER AND IAN JOHNSON, FROM THE FOREWORD Recent innovations in Sustainable Forest Management and Ecosystem Approaches are resulting in forests increasingly being managed as part of the broader social-ecological systems in which they exist. Forests in Landscapes reviews changes that have occurred in forest management in recent decades. Case studies from Europe, Canada, the United States, Russia, Australia, the Congo and Central America provide a wealth of international examples of innovative practices. Cross-cutting chapters examine the political ecology and economics of forest management, and review the information needs and the use and misuse of criteria and indicators to achieve broad societal goals for forests. A concluding chapter draws out the key lessons of changes in forest management in recent decades and sets out some thoughts for the future. This book is a must-read for practitioners, researchers and policy makers concerned with forests and land use. It contains lessons for all those concerned with forests as sources of people's livelihoods and as part of rural landscapes. Published with IUCN and PROFOR

Table of Contents

Foreword * Preface * New Challenges for Forest Management * Economics Issues in Ecosystem Approaches to Forest Management * Information Needs for Ecosystem Forestry * Global Standards and Locally Adapted Forestry: The Problems of Biodiversity Indicators * Changing Forest Values in Europe * Empowering the Forest-Dependent Poor in India * Balancing Conflicting Values: Ecosystem Solutions in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and Canada * Wildlife, Loggers and Livelihoods in the Congo Basin * Poor Farmers and Fragmented Forests in Central America * Australian Forestry: 'Beyond One Tenure-One Use' * The Political Ecology of the Ecosystem Approach for Forests * Forests in Landscapes: Expanding Horizons for Ecosystem Forestry * Annexes, Bibliography, Index

About the Editors

Jeffrey A. Sayer is Senior Associate of WWF International's Forests for Life Programme, was Founding Director General of CIFOR (1993 - 2001) and is editor of The Earthscan Reader in Forestry and Development and The Earthscan Forestry Library. Stewart Maginnis has worked in forestry in both Europe and the developing world and now heads the Forest Conservation Programme of the World Conservation Union (IUCN).

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 (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Forestry