Forestry Books

  • Hidden forestry revealed: Characteristics, constraints and opportunities for small and medium forest enterprises in Ghana

    This report reviews the status of SMFEs in Ghana. It provides information on the various issues confronting the sub-sector and identifies mechanisms for harnessing the potential of SMFEs to effectively contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable forest management in ...

  • State of the World’s Forests 2009

    What will be the impact on forests of future economic development, globalized trade and increases in the world’s population? The 2009 edition of the biennial State of the World’s Forests looks forward, with the theme “Society, forests and forestry: adapting for the future”. Part 1 summarizes the outlook for forests and forestry in each region, ...

  • Small and medium forest enterprises in Mozambique

    Small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs) in Mozambique account for 95.8% of the formally registered enterprises in the forest sector and more than 99.9% of the enterprise numbers if the predominant informal enterprises are included. Total forest sector employment exceeds 600,000 people, 80% of which is based in SMFEs. Despite their significance ...

  • State of the World's Forests 2009 (Russian version)

    What will be the impact on forests of future economic development, globalized trade and increases in the world's population? The 2009 edition of the biennial State of the World's Forests looks forward, with the theme 'Society, forests and forestry: adapting for the future'. Part 1 summarizes the outlook for forests and forestry in each region, ...

  • Small and medium forest enterprises in Ethiopia

    The annual value of small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs) in Ethiopia amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars – dominated in rough order of value by fuelwood, herbal remedies, wild coffee, honey and beeswax and timber furniture. The majority of these enterprises are informal and remain largely unregulated and untaxed by any government ...

  • State of the World's Forests 2009 (Arabic version)

    What will be the impact on forests of future economic development, globalized trade and increases in the world's population? The 2009 edition of the biennial State of the World's Forests looks forward, with the theme 'Society, forests and forestry: adapting for the future'. Part 1 summarizes the outlook for forests and forestry in each region, ...

  • Governing Africa's Forests in a Globalized World

    Many countries around the world are engaged in decentralization processes, and most African countries face serious problems with forest governance, from benefits sharing to illegality and sustainable forest management. This book summarizes experiences to date on the extent and nature of decentralization and its outcomes - most of which suggest an ...

  • State of the World's Forests 2009 (Chinese version)

    What will be the impact on forests of future economic development, globalized trade and increases in the world's population? The 2009 edition of the biennial State of the World's Forests looks forward, with the theme 'Society, forests and forestry: adapting for the future'. Part 1 summarizes the outlook for forests and forestry in each region, ...

  • Global review of forests pests and diseases

    Insect pests, diseases and other biotic agents have considerable impacts on forests. They can adversely affect tree growth, vigour and survival, the yield and quality of wood and non-wood products, wildlife habitat, recreation and the aesthetic appeal and cultural value of forests. They may also impede forest plantation programmes and make it ...

  • Vital Forest Graphics 2009

    Forests are not only important for the 1.6 billion people who depend on them for their livelihoods, but for the world’s population at large. Forests play a critical role in the Earth’s life support system, including global carbon and hydrological cycles. To help communicate the value of forests to policy-makers and the wider public, ...

  • Lessons From Forest Decentralization

    The decentralization of control over the vast forests of the world is moving at a rapid pace, with both positive and negative ramifications for people and forests themselves. The fresh research from a host of Asia-Pacific countries described in this book presents rich and varied experience with decentralization and provides important lessons for ...

  • Malawi's green gold: Challenges and opportunities for small and medium forest enterprises in reducing poverty

    This study surveys a thriving, albeit largely informal, SMFE sector in Malawi. It looks in detail at four promising subsectors: timber, cane furniture, tree fruit juices and woodcarving. This adds to, but does not investigate further, the vast SMFE fuelwood and charcoal trade, Malawi’s third largest industry, which was the subject of a previous ...

  • Forests and energy. Key issues (En)

    Forest and energy are at the centre of the global debate on climate change. Soaring energy consumption and prices, and increasing greenhouse gas emission, represent a major opportunity and challenge for the forestry sector to find a new role in energy supply, climate change and sustainable development. This publication will be useful to both ...

  • The Decentralization of Forest Governance : Politics, Economics and the Fight for Control of Forests in Indonesian Borneo

    This powerful new book from leading experts provides an in-depth account of how trends towards increased local governance are shifting control over natural resourcemanagement from the state to local societies, and the implications of this control for social justice and the environment.The book is based on ten years of work by a team of researchers ...

  • Agricultural and Environmental Sustainability: Considerations for the Future

    Understand sustainable development from economic, ecological, and social perspectivesAs world population continues to increase, the need grows for a safe, sustainable supply of food. Agricultural and Environmental Sustainability: Considerations for the Future provides the latest research results and vital information on the process of producing an ...

  • Sampling Techniques for Forest Inventories

    Sound forest management planning requires cost-efficient approaches to optimally utilize given resources. Emphasizing the mathematical and statistical features of forest sampling to assess classical dendrometrical quantities, Sampling Techniques for Forest Inventories presents the statistical concepts and tools needed to conduct a modern forest ...

  • Hearing a different drummer: A new paradigm for the “keepers of the forest"

    It is becoming increasingly apparent that virtually all aspects of diversity are in steep decline. Indigenous knowledge systems, biodiversity and cultural diversity (three interacting, interdependent systems) are all threatened with extinction throughout the world. This book explores the diversity crisis from the perspective of forestry.It ...

  • Fire management - global assessment 2006. A thematic study prepared in the framework of the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005 (En)

    Series: FAO Forestry PapersFire management is an essential part of sustainable forest management. This publication complements the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005 (FRA 2005) as an in-depth thematic study on the incidence, impact and management of forest fires in different regions of the world. It was developed from 12 regional papers ...

  • World bamboo resources. A thematic study prepared in the framework of the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005 (En)

    Series: Non-Wood Forest ProductsBamboo - a major non-wood forest product - is an ancient woody grass widely distributed in tropical, subtropical and mild temperate zones. It is an integral part of forestry, but is also widely spread outside forests, including farmlands, riverbanks, roadsides and urban areas. Bamboo is quickly changing its image ...

  • Forest partnerships : enhancing local livelihoods and protecting the environment in Southeast Asia and the Pacific

    This publication draws on lessons learned from Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea in forest management, community development, indigenous knowledge and access to resources and social networks within the broad framework of the sustainable livelihoods approach. The contents reveal how building workable partnerships among a diversity of ...

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