Planted Forests : Uses, Impacts and Sustainability
Edited by J Evans
This book is co-published with the FAO
Hardback 224 pp ISBN 9781845935641
Planted forests, despite being only seven per cent of the world's forest resources, have superseded naturally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, on natural forests, tree planting has released them to be managed for other purposes - carbon
sinks, soil and water protection, conservation of biological diversity, recreation and amenity. Representing a
complement, but not an alternative, to natural forests, planted forests have become increasingly important for
reducing worldwide deforestation, loss of forest ecosystems and forest degradation.
Examining the significance of this rapidly emerging world resource, chapters consider the strengths and
weaknesses of planted forests, management objectives for their use and aspects of ownership and policy.
Data from key production countries are used to evaluate the implications and sustainability of planted
forests as a source of forest products as well as social and ecological issues.
Readership: Forestry researchers, policy makers, planners and all concerned with land use and the
environment, including climate change.
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