Forest Organisations in Change: Examples from the Tropics and Subtropics

  • Jürgen PretzschEmail author
Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 19)


An overview is given on forest institutions and organisations and their development with special emphasis on the tropics and subtropics. A historical review shows the institutional development and increasing diversification of forest organisations. This is interpreted in line with the general socio-economic situation and the increasing range of needs that human society derives from forests. It is assumed that numerous case studies on forest organisations exist, but a systematic comparative analysis doesn’t. The article is based on an explorative review; its goal is to serve as a platform for further systematic analysis of forest organisations in the tropics and subtropics.


Forest Management Tropical Country Forest Department Community Forestry Forest Certification 
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The author thanks Holm Uibrig, Hubertus Pohris and Sergio Ruiz for the revision of the text and their constructive comments. Mrs. Heidrun Wende has kindly elaborated the illustrations. Mrs Lindsey Elliott and Mr John Appah improved the English text.


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  1. 1.Institute of International Forestry and Forest ProductsDresden University of TechnologyDresdenGermany

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