Introduction: Some Basic Remarks on Sustainable Forest Management, Environment and Global Ethics

  • Hartmut IhneEmail author
  • Peter Spathelf
Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 19)


Conceptions and implementation of SFM are based on different theoretical approaches of ‘conservation’. They imply various dimensions of development and a broad range of interests, perspectives, values, and philosophies of the individuals and collectives affected and involved (political, religious, economic, social, theoretical, etc.). Globalisation and global change makes this already complex relationship even more intricate. Down-to-earth approaches to SFM primarily have to describe their underlying theoretical assumptions, ethical values, and operational and political goals. Otherwise, they run the risk of being sound in theory but not applicable in practise.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied SciencesSankt AugustinGermany
  2. 2.University of Applied Sciences EberswaldeEberswaldeGermany

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