Type: Book

Achieving sustainable management of tropical forests


Dr Jürgen Blaser is Professor of International Forestry and Climate Change at Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland. Professor Blaser is a former Chair of the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) and former Senior Forestry Advisor at the World Bank.

Patrick Hardcastle is a Forestry Development Specialist who has worked in over 40 countries in the last 55 years. He started his career with 12 years in the Malawi Forestry Department, the last eight heading the Forestry Research Institute while specialising in silviculture and site classification. He followed this with 10 years of mainly post-graduate teaching at the Universities of Oxford and Aberdeen. Thereafter, he has been a consultant working with major bilateral and multilateral donors with a focus on forestry but increasingly also engaged with biodiversity conservation, climate change, economic and social equity within the broad framework of sustainable forest management.



Publication date:

27 October 2020

Length of book:

746 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786762481

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"The book is very effective in communicating the many aspects, dimensions and interpretations of sustainable forest management (SFM)…It is clearly born out of an ambitious remit to present an overview of SFM across all its dimensions. In this, it is by and large successful… It provides an effective entry into almost any SFM topic."
Review in Scottish Forestry by Professor Jaboury Ghazoul, ETH Zurich/University of Edinburgh

"Achieving Sustainable Management of Tropical Forests provides an excellent and essential read for those with responsibility for managing the world’s tropical forests…The editors, Dr Blaser and Dr Hardcastle, are to be congratulated for editing the chapters into a very consistent read… Each chapter is authored by an expert or experts in the particular geography and/or discipline as social, governance, tenure, biology, rural livelihoods, climate change, products etc."
Journal of Forestry - Society of American Foresters

Although global rates of deforestation have started to decrease, they remain alarmingly high in many tropical countries. In light of this challenge, the growing importance of sustainable forest management (SFM) has been highlighted as a means for improving sustainability across the sector.

Achieving sustainable management of tropical forests summarises and reviews the rich body of research on tropical forests and how this research can be utilised to make sustainable management of tropical forests a standard implementable strategy for the future. The book features expert discussions on the economic, political and environmental contexts needed for SFM to operate successfully, including coverage of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

With its distinguished editors and international array of expert authors, Achieving sustainable management of tropical forests will be a standard reference for researchers in tropical forest science, international and national organisations responsible for protection and responsible stewardship of tropical forests, as well as the commercial sector harvesting and using tropical forest products.

What others are saying...

"The editors have made a valuable contribution to the literature by documenting the experience of field-based practitioners on a subject that suffers from too much abstraction and theory. The future of tropical forests requires that the knowledge of the authors of this book is widely shared and applied by future generations of foresters. This book should be required reading for professional forestry graduates."
Dr Jeff Sayer, Professor of Tropical Forest Conservation, University of British Columbia, Canada

Table of contents

Part 1 Challenges faced by tropical forests
1.An overview of tropical forest formations: Alice Muchugi, World Agroforestry (ICRAF), Kenya; Sammy Muraguri, Kunming Institute of Botany, China; Hesti L. Tata, Forest Research & Development Centre, Indonesia; Jürgen Blaser, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland; and Patrick D. Hardcastle, Forestry Development Specialist, UK;
2.Pressures on tropical forests: agriculture, trade and illegality: Duncan Brack, Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), UK;
3.Narratives on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and tropical forests: Wil de Jong, Kyoto University, Japan; and Glenn Galloway, University of Florida, USA;
4.National governance and tropical forests: key challenges: Mafa E. Chipeta, African Forest Forum (AFF), Malawi;
5.Climate change and tropical forests: Rodney J. Keenan, The University of Melbourne, Australia;

Part 2 Ecosystem services provided by tropical forests
6.New types of products from tropical wood: Jegatheswaran Ratnasingam, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia;
7.Non-timber forest products from tropical forests: Alida O’Connor, University of British Columbia, Canada; and Terry C. H. Sunderland, University of British Columbia, Canada and Centre for International Forestry Research, Indonesia;
8.Ecosystem services delivered by tropical forests: regulating services of tropical forests for climate and hydrological cycles: Oliver Gardi, Bern University of Applied Sciences and School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL, Switzerland;
9.Biodiversity and ecosystem services in tropical forests: recent findings and implications for sustainable forest management (SFM): Beth A. Kaplin, University of Rwanda, Rwanda and University of Massachusetts-Boston, USA;
10.Amenity and recreation values of tropical forests: an ecosystem services perspective: Gamini Herath, Monash University, Malaysia;

Part 3 Management structures to support sustainable forest management (SFM)
11.Defining sustainable forest management (SFM) in the tropics: Francis E. Putz, University of Florida-Gainesville, USA; and Ian D. Thompson, Thompson Forest Ltd.-Kelowna, Canada;
12.Improving operating standards in sustainable forest management of tropical forests in Africa: Paxie W. Chirwa, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Oghenekevwe Arabomen, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, Nigeria; Stephen Syampungani, Copperbelt University, Zambia; and Vincent O. Oeba, African Forest Forum, Kenya;
13.The role of certification schemes in sustainable forest management (SFM) of tropical forests: James Sandom, formerly Woodmark Scheme/Responsible Forest Programme – Soil Association, UK;
14.Tenure and management rights in tropical forests: Chloe Ginsburg, Stephanie Keene, Alain Frechette and Andy White, Rights and Resources Initiative, USA;
15.Community-based management of tropical forests: lessons learned and implications for sustainable forest management: Liz Ota, Sharif A. Mukul, Nestor Gregorio and John Herbohn, Tropical Forests and People Research Centre – University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia;

Part 4 Monitoring and management techniques in sustainable forest management (SFM)
16.New techniques for assessing and mapping tropical forests: Michael Köhl, Philip Mundhenk and Prem Raj Neupane, Universität Hamburg, Germany;
17.Advances in monitoring and reporting forest emissions and removals in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): Marieke Sandker and Till Neeff, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Italy;
18.Understanding and exploiting genetics of tropical tree species for restoration of tropical forests: Reiner Finkeldey, Kassel University, Germany; and Markus Müller, Carina Carneiro de Melo Moura and Oliver Gailing, University of Göttingen, Germany;
19.Pathogens in tropical forests: diversity and management: Steve Woodward, University of Aberdeen, UK; and H. Tuğba Doğmuş, Isparta University of Applied Sciences, Turkey;
20.The role of agroforestry in sustainable forest management (SFM) of tropical forests: Lindsey Norgrove, Tabea Allen and Ata Davatgar, Bern University of Life Sciences, Switzerland;

Part 5 SFM of different types of tropical forest
21.Forest landscape restoration (FLR) of tropical forests: Stephanie Mansourian, Mansourian.org/University of Geneva, Switzerland/IUFRO, Austria;
22.Sustainable management of tropical plantation forests: Jonathan C. Onyekwelu, The Federal University of Technology, Nigeria;
23.Sustainable forest management (SFM) of tropical moist forests: the Congo Basin: Paolo Omar Cerutti and Robert Nasi, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Kenya and Indonesia;
24.Sustainable forest management (SFM) of tropical moist forests: the case of the Brazilian Amazon: Edson Vidal, University of São Paulo (ESALQ/USP), Brazil; Thales A. P. West, Scion – New Zealand Forest Research Institute, New Zealand; Marco W. Lentini, Nexus Socioambiental, Brazil; Saulo E. X. F. de Souza, University of Exeter, UK and Instituto Ouro Verde, Brazil; Carine Klauberg, Federal University of São João Del-Rei, Brazil; and Philippe Waldhoff, Federal Institute of Amazonas, Brazil;
25.Sustainable management of African dry forests: G. Kowero and H.-N. Bouda, African Forest Forum, Kenya;

Part 6 The Future
26.Achieving sustainable management of tropical forests: overview and conclusions: Jürgen Blaser, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland; Patrick D. Hardcastle, Forestry Development Specialist, UK; and Gillian Petrokofsky, University of Oxford, UK;