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The scope and challenge of sustainable forestry

Code: 9781786764911
Philip J. Burton, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada

Chapter synopsis: Forests have managed to sustain themselves for millennia, recovering, reorganizing or migrating in response to innumerable disruptions. Humans have always reaped the benefits of this natural ability of treed ecosystems to renew themselves. Overharvesting of wood for fuel and building materials, however, eventually led to restrictions at different times and places around the world, and was eventually resolved through the development of sustained yield forestry. This introductory chapter focusses on current research in sustainable forestry. Beginning by discussing the concept of sustainable forestry, the chapter goes on to explore the natural resilience of forests. Further sections address the ways in which sustainability is interpreted and the challenges encountered in its implementation. In later sections, each of the subsequent chapters is referred to, in turn, providing an overview of the book. The chapter concludes with a reflection on what sustainable forestry is and how it may be attained.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2019.0057.01
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 The natural resilience of forests 3 The evolution of a concept 4 Multiple interpretations of sustainability 5 Challenges in implementing sustainable forestry 6 Boosting the sustainability agenda 7 Conclusions 8 Where to look for further information 9 References

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