Sustainable Forest Management in a Changing World

A European Perspective

  • Peter Spathelf

Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Pierre L. Ibisch, Lars Schmidt
    Pages 33-51
  3. Leif Nutto, Peter Spathelf, Ulrich Eberhard Schroeder
    Pages 61-82
  4. Andreas Bolte, Christian Ammer, Magnus Löf, Gert-Jan Nabuurs, Peter Schall, Peter Spathelf
    Pages 115-139
  5. Thomas Knoke
    Pages 141-154
  6. Monika Bertzky, Bastian Bomhard
    Pages 169-189
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 257-258

About this book


With its 250-year history, Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) is now viewed as a model for managing forests worldwide. Yet despite the frequent use of the term there remain many questions concerning its meanings, criteria as well as its practical application.

This book explores the current potential of SFM within the context of the rapid changes occurring in our natural and social environment, and examines the broad range issues – climate change, finance, governance, policy, certification, reduced-impact logging, non-timber products and services and stakeholder participation in land-use decisions – within the context of forest use, functions and conservation.

With contributions from high-level representatives from the World Bank, FAO, IUCN and UNEP, as well as from leading academics – and including case studies from Europe and the tropics – this timely synthesis will provide a valuable reference for advanced students and researchers interested in forest and natural resource management, participatory and extension research, forest ecology and ecosystem services, functions and values, as well as for those involved in forest policy at local, regional and international levels.


'Every so often, a discipline should take stock where we are and where we are going. This book is doing that in a very timely manner. As we gain an appreciation of the magnitude and implications of future changes, the authors present views and ideas on a wide range of topics related to sustainable forest management. They provide a much needed overview of challenges in the face of climate and other aspects of global change. The book incorporates recent advances in a variety of fields and provides suggestions for solutions to important management problems that range from theoretical approaches to practical applications.' Klaus J. Puettmann, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA


Resource management Silviculture Sustainability climate change climate change mitigation ecology ecosystem forest forest policy logging

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Spathelf
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Forest and EnvironmentUniversity of Applied Sciences EberswaldeEberswaldeGermany

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