Planted Forests: Uses, Impacts & Sustainability
Some high quality Food for Thought on Planted Forests has been recently delivered by FAO & CABI. If you are concerned about these issues and want to learn on the History of Tree Planting & Planted Forests, the Multiple Roles they fulfill around the world, what the Trends for Wood Production from planted forests up to 2030 are, who owns and invests in these forests, where they are or what are the trends for Sustainable Silviculture... you should try this as a starting point.
Everything depicted... is part of Planted Forests! (Click image to enlarge)
Planted forests, although only 7% of the world's forest resources, have superseded naturally regenerating forests as the principal source of industrial wood products. Lessening the pressure for wood production, tree planting has released natural forests to be managed for other purposes: carbon sinks, soil & water protection, conservation of biological diversity, recreation & amenity.
Examining the significance of this rapidly emerging world resource, the chapters of this book consider the strengths & weaknesses of planted forests, the varied management objectives for their use as source of wood and non wood products and as source of positive externalities; and aspects of planted forest ownership & policy development.
Planted forest statistical data from key production countries are used by the authors to evaluate the implications and sustainability of planted forests as a source of industrial forest products, as well as their related social and ecological issues. Their critical role for sustainable forestry management and varied perspectives of interest for forestry research, forest policy making, forest planning, land use planning, environmental management and climate change, are also explored.
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