This four-volume set is edited by leading experts on the evolving role of forests in providing raw materials and environmental services to meet society’s changing needs. It brings together in one collection the major works that have helped to shape thinking on forests as a key sustainable resource. The collection includes classic papers but also assembles more recent publications at the cutting edge of thinking on forests and their sustainable use. The set includes a general introduction and each volume is introduced by a new overview essay, placing the selected materials in context. The breadth of subject matter is considerable, ranging from the management and conservation of forest landscapes, soils, hydrology and tree-atmosphere relations, socio-economic aspects, including the livelihoods of indigenous people, policy and economics, to contemporary issues such as ecosystem services and climate change.
Volume I covers forest conservation, now recognized as crucial to the mitigation of climate change, and its overall implications for forest landscapes, as well as forest ecology and biodiversity conservation within forests. Volume II addresses the more technical biological, physical, and chemical aspects of trees and forests and their environment, including physiological aspects and plant-atmosphere, soil and water relationships. Volume III considers the livelihoods of people working or living in forests, including non-timber forest products, rights and tenure and community forestry, as well as on-farm forestry and urban forestry. The final volume provides an overview of policy, governance, legal, and economic aspects of forests and forest management, including the important topics of decentralization and the ownership of forests.
The set provides students and teachers, confronted with thousands of journal articles, book chapters and grey literature, with a ready-made selection of—and commentary on—the most important key writings on sustainable forests. It is an essential reference for libraries concerned with geography, environmental studies, ecology, natural resource management, and forestry.
Table of Contents
Volume 1: Forests, Landscapes and Conservation. Section 1: The State of the World's Forest Landscapes. Section 2: Landscape-scale Processes. Section 3: Assessing the Values of Forest Landscapes. Section 4: The Governance of Forest Landscapes Section 5: The Future of Forest Landscapes. Volume 2: Forests and the Biological, Chemical and Physical Environment. Section 1: Tree and Forest Properties Section 2: Forest Production. Section 3: Forest Energy and Water Exchange. Section 4: Tree and Forest Carbon Cycle. Section 5: Exchanges of Other Tropospheric Gases. Section 6: Forest Modelling. Volume 3: Forests, People and Livelihoods. Section 1: Access and Tenure. Section 2: Importance of Traditional and Indigenous Uses. Section 3: Emerging Markets for Non-timber Forest Products. Section 4: Participation and Gender. Section 5: Challenges in Implementing Community Forestry. Section 6: Agroforestry, Small-holder Farm Forestry and Urban Forestry. Volume 4: Forest Policy, Economics and Governance. Section 1: Politics and Markets. Section 2: Property Rights. Section 3: Forests and National Sovereignty – Decentralization and Devolution. Section 4: Economics. Section 5: Legal and Institutional Dimensions. Section 6: Modes of Governance.
Jeffrey Sayer is Professor of Conservation and Development at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia and a member of the Independent Science and Partnership Council of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research. He was founding Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia.
Neil Byron is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra in Australia. He was Commissioner of Australia's Productivity Commission with special responsibility for Environment and Natural Resources from 1998-2009, and before that Assistant Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research in Indonesia.
Gillian Petrokofsky is the former Head of the Forestry section at CAB International and Editor of Forest Products Abstracts, and is now at the Biodiversity Institute, University of Oxford, UK.
Bas Arts is a Professor in the Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen UR, The Netherlands.
Paul Jarvis was Emeritus Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Margaret Shannon is Coordinator of the European Forest Institute Program on Forest Policy and Economics Education and Research in Southeast Europe, based in Croatia. She is also a Professor at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont, USA, and Professor in Honor, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Freiburg, Germany.
Douglas Sheil is currently a Professor in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University, Australia. He has been Director of the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda and is also a Senior Research Associate with the Center for International Forest Research (CIFOR), Indonesia.
Victor K. Teplyakov is a Professor in the Department of Forest Sciences, Seoul National University, Korea.