Capacity Building in Planning and Forest Assessments

  • Karan Deo Singh
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


The Chapter begins with the statement of the UNCED Agenda 21 on the need for country capacity building in forest assessments and systematic observation of forests, which are the essential requirement for long and medium term forestry planning, for evaluating effects, quantitatively and qualitatively, and for taking remedial measures. The institution for the purpose in most of the tropical counties is, however, far from adequate. As a result, in many cases even the basic information relating to the area and type of forests, existing potential and volume of harvest is lacking. The Chapter presents steps required for capacity building and approach to medium and long term planning and provides an illustration of an inventory for sustainable non-timber forest management planning, which constitutes an important source of livelihood for millions of forest fringe dwellers. Finally, the role of international organizations in facilitating technology transfer to developing countries is highlighted.


Forest Management Capacity Building Forest Resource Forest Inventory Capacity Development 
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Recommended Further Reading

  1. FAO (1994) A review of FAO’s achievements in forest resources assessment and a strategy for future development, an auto-review by Singh KD, Janz K. FAO, RomeGoogle Scholar
  2. FAO (1998) Strengthening country capacity for planning, assessment and periodic evaluations of forests: support to programme development and coordination unit: project findings and recommendations. FAO, RomeGoogle Scholar
  3. ITTO (1988) Natural forest management for sustainable timber production, pre-project report [1]Google Scholar
  4. Kuusela K (1988) Long term development of lessons from the european forest resources by regions (unpublished report). FAO, RomeGoogle Scholar
  5. SIDA (1998) Development of national forest policies and strategies, introduction and comments by Nils-Erik. Nilsson, International Training Course, In Stockholm, Garpenberg, Skinnskatteberg and Vårdnäs, SwedenGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Academy of Forest and Environmental SciencesNew DelhiIndia

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