By Nigel Dudley, Rodolphe Schlaepfer, William Jackson, Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud, Sue Stolton

Deforestation is often a subject of dialogue within the environmental enviornment, however it isn't just the variety of bushes that issues; the standard of the wooded area can be vital. Even the place the woodland quarter is reliable or expanding, there are usually swift adjustments in its personality. ordinary forests are being changed through plantations or by way of intensively controlled forests. world wide, forests have gotten more youthful and no more different, in either species and constitution; this has vital affects for biodiversity and likewise impacts many human values. during this groundbreaking textual content, wooded area caliber is mentioned as an invaluable new proposal in wooded area conservation and administration. 3 major review standards are used: authenticity; environmental advantages; and social and monetary advantages. The booklet describes a technique and protocol for amassing and analysing information, and descriptions intimately the procedure required with every one indicator. The authors recommend a panorama method of evaluate and display how evaluate works via a sequence of case reviews that express how this strategy can be utilized in lots of how you can support wooded area conservation administration. This hands-on guide is for execs considering forestry, conservation and source administration around the globe, and comprises case research fabric from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin the USA that demonstrates sensible makes use of of the hot 'landscape' method of wooded area conservation. released with IUCN and WWF

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WHY IS THE ASSESSMENT BEING CARRIED OUT? MAIN AIMS There are many reasons for carrying out a forest quality assessment, for instance: • • • • • • • • • • designing a protected areas system; planning extractive reserves; improving a suburban recreational area; resolving conflicts between conservationists and small forest owners; negotiating a concession for timber or non-timber products; developing an ecoregional conservation plan; developing a monitoring and evaluation system; monitoring progress towards forest landscape restoration or sustainable forest management; identifying high conservation value forests (Jennings et al, 2003); as part of an advocacy process to make a case for conservation or development.

This is not a complete list of possibilities but a skeleton that can be supplemented or replaced by alternatives as desired. 3 A draft list of standard indicators for a forest quality assessment Indicators of authenticity Composition Composition of species, ecosystems and genetic variation Pattern Spatial variation of trees with respect to age, size etc. Function Continuity, proportion and type of dead timber etc. Process Disturbance patterns, life cycles Resilience Tree health, ecosystem health, ability to tolerate environmental stress Continuity Area, degree of fragmentation and age Development patterns Management choices and other pressures Indicators of environmental benefits Biodiversity conservation Of ecosystems, species and genetic variation Soil and watershed protection Reducing erosion, maintaining fisheries, controlling flooding Impacts on other ecosystems Such as freshwater and coastal zones and through afforestation Climate stabilization Transpiration, regulation of climatic extremes, carbon sequestration Indicators of social and economic benefits Wood products Fuelwood, charcoal, timber, pulp, paper, reconstituted fibres Non-wood products Food, oils, medicines, aromatics, resins, dyes, building materials etc.

WHERE DOES THE ASSESSMENT TAKE PLACE? LOCATION The location should be determined by the assessment team and if appropriate also by other participants (and the eventual choice may in turn affect the choice of participants). Boundaries can be drawn along biological, geographical, political, economic or social lines. An official or unofficial management unit will often be the basis of assessment, but edge effects are important – it will often be necessary to extend the assessment beyond economic or political boundaries to reflect real human and/or biological values.

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