Forest Quality - Assessing forests at a landscape scale
Nigel Dudley, Rodolphe Schlaepfer, Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud, William Jackson and Sue Stolton
The first ever guide to 'forest quality' assessment, addressing the 'authenticity' of forests and criteria for
determining the environmental, economic and social value of different types of forest
Hardback 192 pp ISBN 9781844072781
- A practical hands-on manual for professionals involved in forestry, conservation and resource
- Case study material from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America shows the practical uses of the new
'landscape' approach to forest conservation
Deforestation is frequently a topic of discussion in the environmental arena, but it is not just the number
of trees that matters; the quality of the forest is also important. Even where the forest area is stable
or increasing, there are often rapid changes in its character. Natural forests are being replaced by plantations
or by intensively managed forests. Around the world, forests are becoming younger and less diverse, in both
species and structure; this has important impacts for biodiversity and also affects many human values.
In this groundbreaking text, forest quality is discussed as a useful new concept in forest conservation and
management. Three main assessment criteria are used: authenticity; environmental benefits; and social and
economic benefits. A methodology and protocol for collecting and analysing data is described, and the
approach needed with each indicator is outlined in detail. A landscape approach to assessment is advocated,
as meeting conservation goals also means addressing human needs, and balancing the trade-offs involved is
only possible at a landscape scale. Assessment is demonstrated in a series of case studies from Europe,
Africa, Asia and Latin America, showing how this method can be used in many ways to help forest
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