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. Pat Hardcastle is an internationally-respected Forestry Development Specialist with over 35 years’ experience of forestry development and management. Pat has worked with organisations such as the ITTO, World Bank and the FAO.



Publication date:

29 September 2020

Length of book:

500 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786762481

Hardback - £190.00
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While global rates of deforestation have started to decrease, deforestation rates remain alarmingly high in many tropical countries. The challenges faced by tropical forests highlight the importance of sustainable forest management (SFM). This collection summarises and reviews the wealth of research on tropical forests and how it can make sustainable management of tropical forests a reality.

Part 1 addresses the broader political, economic and environmental context in which tropical forests are situated. Chapters cover topics such as tropical forest ecology and climate change, global trade flows and land use, as well as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and national governance. Part 2 reviews the range of ecosystem services provided by tropical forests, from timber and non-timber products to carbon sequestration and biodiversity, as well as the way these services can be valued. Parts 3 and 4 build on this foundation by reviewing research on the management structures and techniques required for sustainable forest management (SFM). Chapters discuss operating standards in SFM, tenure and management rights and community-based forest management, as well as monitoring techniques and the role of agroforestry in SFM. Part 5 includes case studies of SFM of different tropical forest types.

Key features

  • Explores the broader economic, political and environmental context in which management of tropical forests needs to operate 
  • Particular focus on management structures and techniques to achieve sustainable forest management (SFM) on the ground 
  • Includes case studies of practical experience of managing tropical forests in South America, West Africa and Southeast Asia

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.Understanding tropical forest ecology: Alice Muchugi, Kenyatta University, Kenya;
2.Global trade flows, land use and tropical forests: Duncan Brack, Associate Fellow - Chatham House, UK;
3.Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and tropical forests: Wil de Jong, Kyoto University, Japan;
4.National governance and tropical forests: Mafa Chipeta, African Forest Forum (AFF), Malawi;
5.Climate change and tropical forests: Rod Keenan, University of Melbourne, Australia;

Part 2 Ecosystem services provided by tropical forests
6.New types of product 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 – carbon sequestration and watershed management: Oliver Gardi, University of Bern, Switzerland;
9.Ecosystem services delivered by tropical forests – biodiversity of flora/fauna: Beth Kaplin, Antioch University, USA;
10.Ecosystem services delivered by tropical forests – recreation and amenity: Gamini Herath, La Trobe University, Australia;

Part 3 Management structures to support sustainable forest management (SFM)
11.Defining sustainable forest management (SFM) of tropical forests: Francis Putz, University of Florida, USA;
12.Improving operating standards in sustainable forest management (SFM) of tropical forests: Paxie Chirwa, University of Pretoria, South Africa;
13.Role of certification and verification schemes in sustainable forest management (SFM) of tropical forests: Jim Sandom;
14.Tenure and management rights in tropical forests: Andy White, Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), USA;
15.Community based forest management (CBFM) of tropical forests: John Herbohn, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia;

Part 4 Monitoring and management techniques in sustainable forest management (SFM)
16.New techniques for mapping tropical forests: Michael Köhl, University of Hamburg, Germany;
17.Advances in monitoring emissions from tropical forests: Till Neef, Consultant, Italy;
18.Understanding and exploiting genetics of tropical tree species for restoration of tropical forests: Reiner Finkeldey, Georg-August University of Gottingen, Germany;
19.Pest monitoring and integrated pest management in tropical forests: Steve Woodward, University of Aberdeen, UK;
20.The role of agroforestry in sustainable forest management (SFM) of tropical forests: Lindsey Norgrove, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland;

Part 5 SFM of different types of tropical forest
21.Tropical forest landscape restoration: Stephanie Mansourian, Consultant – Environment and Development at Mansourian.org/University of Geneva/IUFRO, Switzerland;
22.Sustainable forest management (SFM) of plantation tropical forests: Jonathan C. Onyekwelu, 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 Amazon basin: Edson Vidal, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil;
25.Sustainable forest management (SFM) of tropical dry forests: Godwin Kowero, African Forest Forum/ICRAF, Kenya;