The Sustainable Forestry Handbook: A Practical Guide for Tropical Forest Managers on Implementing New Standards, 2nd Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Sustainable Forestry Handbook

A Practical Guide for Tropical Forest Managers on Implementing New Standards, 2nd Edition

By Sophie Higman, James Mayers, Stephen Bass, Neil Judd, Ruth Nussbaum


352 pages

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The Sustainable Forestry Handbook is widely considered to be the essential aid to understanding and implementing sustainable forest management. Providing a clear and concise guide to the practicalities of implementing international standards for sustainable forest management, this fully updated second edition covers new Forest Stewardship Council requirements, High Conservation Value Forests, clearer requirements on pesticides and developments in policy and forest governance. Aimed at forest managers, and employing extensive cross referencing and easy-to-understand illustrations, this highly practical handbook explains in clear terms what the standards require forest managers to do and how they might go about implementing them.


'It deserves a place on every forest manager's desk and field pack.' Duncan Poore, Commonwealth Forestry Association, and author of Changing Landscapes 'This will be an enduring volume that should help turn things round on the forest management front.' International Journal of Environment Studies 'A stimulating guide to many of the issues likely to be faced in contemporary forest management.' James Sowerby, Shell Forestry Ltd 'Very practical and accessible … provides a framework for understanding, planning and implementing improved forest management techniques.' ETRFN News 'A well laid out guide.' What on Earth

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to International Standards for Forest Management * What is Sustainable Forest Management? * Why Practice Sustainable Forest Management? * Standards for Sustainable Forest Management * Part II: What Do the Standards Require? * The Legal and Policy Framework * Sustained and Optimal Production of Forest Products * Protecting the Environment * The Wellbeing of People * Plantations * Performance Requirements * Part III: Using an Environmental Management System * Sustainable Forest Management Policy * Planning * Implementation * Checking * Management Review * Part IV: Meeting the Requirements * Planning * Implementation in the Forest * Monitoring * Part V: Tackling Social Issues * Why Social Issues are Important * Working with Stakeholders * Conditions of Employment * Monitoring Social Impacts * Dealing with Erroneous Perceptions and Unrealistic Expectations * Part VI: Forest Management Certification * Why Achieve Certification? * Choosing a Certification Scheme * The Certification Process * Small and Low Intensity Managed Forests * Group Certification * Phased Approaches to Certification * Chain of Custody * Other Certification-related Initiatives * Appendices * Index

About the Authors

Sophie Higman is a Project Manager at ProForest. James Mayers is Director of the Forestry and Land Use Programme at the International Institute for Environment and Development. Stephen Bass is Head of Environment at DFID. Neil Judd and Ruth Nussbaum are Directors of ProForest, Oxford.

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