Forestry Research Articles

  • Can Latin America do palm oil right?

    As western hemisphere oil palm plantations boom, environmentalists eye ways to avoid repeating the devastation in Southeast Asia. What do soap, Ben & Jerry’s and Kit Kat bars have in common? They all contain palm oil — produced by the oil palm tree. Native to West Africa, oil palm has ...


    By Ensia

  • Why Our Buildings Should Be Made From Wood

    If done correctly, using wood for buildings would have a number of environmental benefits without loss of biodiversity or carbon storage capacity. Although it may seem counterintuitive, it would be better if we built buildings from wood than from concrete, brick, aluminium and steel. We use millions of tons of these modern materials every year. They have many ...


    By Ensia

  • Women @ Energy: Allison Thomson

    Allison M. Thomson is a researcher and group leader at the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a partnership of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the University of Maryland, College Park. Her primary research interests are in the field of climate change and land use, using computer modeling to understand the interactions between global climate change and agricultural, soil ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Islands of sustainability in time and space

    We review the economics perspective on sustainable resource use and sustainable development. Under standard conditions, dynamic efficiency leads to sustainability of renewable resources but not the other way around. For the economic-ecological system as a whole, dynamic efficiency and intergenerational equity similarly lead to sustainability, but ad hoc rules of sustainability may well lead to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • New high-resolution forest maps reveal world Loses 50 Soccer Fields of Trees Per Minute

    A new publication in Science reveals the world is losing 50 soccer fields’ worth of forest every minute of every day! While this information is distressing, the publication of this new research is a decidedly positive development in the availability of data to support better forest management and policy. The ...

  • New mapping technology: Nova Scotia’s powerful ally in protecting valuable forests

    The government of Nova Scotia announced an ambitious plan earlier this month to protect 245,000 hectares of forest and park land, establishing the Canadian province as a conservation leader in one of the world’s most heavily forested nations. Roughly ...

  • Indigenous biodiversity `crucial` to forest futures

    Forestry experts are calling for an increase in the use of native tree species in reforestation projects, arguing that they are better for biodiversity and can slow the pace of global warming. The recommendation ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Rio Summit may `ignore` forests, warn scientists

    Forests have barely been mentioned in the draft of the international agreement to be made at the Rio+20 Earth Summit later this year (20-22 June), the body that represents 15,000 of the world's forest researchers has complained. ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • A comparative analysis of Turkish and European Union environmental legislation regarding cleaner (sustainable) production concept

    The term cleaner (sustainable) production has been cited in many policy and strategy documents of the top level agency/institutions on science, technology, development, etc., in Turkey for over a decade. However, it is not sufficiently known and applied except its energy efficiency aspect in Turkey. So as to overcome this deficiency, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry supported the project ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Assessing agroforestry`s advantages

    Agroforestry, the deliberate placement of trees into crop and livestock operations, can help capture substantial amounts of carbon on agricultural lands while providing production and conservation benefits. However, we currently lack tools for accurately estimating current and projected carbon values in these systems. In North America, windbreaks are an effective carbon-capturing option. Only ...

  • Development of a decision support system for the study of an area after the occurrence of forest fire

    There is a great diffusion of modern information systems in all areas of science. In the case of forestry, new information tools have emerged during the last 15 years which have helped to improve the work of foresters. Decision support systems (DSSs) are applications which are designed to help managers in the task of decision making, by accelerating the relevant decision-making processes, while ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Forest biotechnology: an extension of tree improvement

    Forest genetics as a science has existed since the 1940s. With the depiction of the structure of DNA in 1953 by Watson and Crick, some forest geneticists were inspired to apply this knowledge to trees. Since that time the science of molecular biology has evolved considerably. This paper summarises the applications of biotechnology to trees, the traits and trials for genetically engineered trees, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Governance in Ukrainian forestry: trends, impacts and remedies

    In this paper, we address governance by analysing the relevant institutions and investigating their impact on economic and environmental performance in Ukrainian forestry. The research questions are: how does the transition to a market economy affect the forest institutions and what are the trends, impacts and remedies for promoting sustainable forestry? The combination of past exploitation of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Multiple interest accommodation in African forest management projects: between pragmatism and theoretical coherence

    In the past in Africa, state forest administration took nominal control of local forest management from rural populations. This control, based on a European concept of management, gradually deteriorated and the methods of classical forest management are no longer suited to existing conditions. This has led to a need for processes to accommodate multiple interests. Funding agencies, firms, NGOs ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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