Challenges and Opportunities for the World's Forests in the 21st Century

  • Trevor Fenning

Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 81)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Trevor Fenning
    Pages 1-19
  3. Sustainable Forestry and Conservation Objectives

  4. Forest Resources Worldwide

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Adrian Whiteman
      Pages 163-211
    3. William Ronald James “Wink” Sutton
      Pages 213-227
  5. Forests, Forestry and Climate Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. David Schimel
      Pages 231-239
    3. J. Grace, J. I. L. Morison, M. P. Perks
      Pages 241-266
    4. Patrick C. Tobin, Dylan Parry, Brian H. Aukema
      Pages 267-293
  6. The Economics of Forestry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. Gregory Valatin, Colin Price
      Pages 297-339

About this book


This book addresses the urgent and complex threats and challenges to the world’s forests posed by the four great problems of the age: climate change, conservation objectives and sustainable development needs, and the growing demand for affordable energy.  The intention is to outline the research and other efforts that are needed to understand how these issues will affect the world’s forests along with the options and difficulties for dealing with them, as well as the opportunities that the world’s forests and production forestry can offer for tackling these very issues.

Included in this book are sections on (1) sustainable forestry & conservation; (2) forest resources worldwide; (3) forests, forestry and climate change; (4) the economics of forestry; (5) tree breeding & commercial forestry; (6) biotechnological approaches; (7) genomic studies with forest trees; (8) bio-energy, lignin & wood; and (9) forest science, including ecological studies.  It therefore provides a wide ranging and multidisciplinary view of the role and contribution of forests and forestry for addressing some of the most critical problems and issues facing humanity in the 21st century and the interactions between them.

Contributions are provided by prominent organisations or individuals with an established record of achievement in these subjects, who have been asked to present their ideas on these topics in a manner that is readily accessible to professionals from disciplines other than their own.  The aim being to provide a ready source of information and guidance on these topics for a wide range of scientists, policy makers and politicians for many years to come.


Biofuels Climate change Conservation Forest Resources Forestry Forests Sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Trevor Fenning
    • 1
  1. 1.Forest Research, Northern Research StationUK Forestry CommissionEdinburghUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-7075-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-7076-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5480
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-1334
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