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Sustainable management of tropical plantation forests

Code: 9781786769138
Jonathan C. Onyekwelu, The Federal University of Technology, Nigeria

Chapter synopsis: Global forest plantation areas increased from 17.8 million hectares in 1980 to 278.0 million hectares in 2015, an increase of about 1,462.0% within 35 years. The tropical region recorded the highest increase of 8.17% between 2010 and 2015. Forest plantations contribute significantly in meeting the world’s growing demand for wood products and other ecosystem services. Despite their small extent (7% of global forest areas), about 50% of global industrial wood is sourced from forest plantations. This chapter examines key sustainability issues in tropical forest plantations to provide a more wholistic and multi-dimensional understanding of sustainability of the ecosystem. It discusses measures to improve sustainable tropical forest plantation management.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2020.0074.40
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Sustainability issues in tropical forest plantations: productivity and nutrient cycles 3 Sustainability issues in tropical forest plantations: biodiversity conservation 4 Sustainability of ecosystem services: provision in tropical plantations 5 Sustainability of social impacts of tropical forest plantations 6 Measures to achieve sustainable tropical forest plantations management 7 Conclusions 8 Where to look for further information 9 References

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