Sustainable Forest Management in the Tropics – Still a Long Way to Go?

  • Leif NuttoEmail author
  • Peter Spathelf
  • Ulrich Eberhard Schroeder
Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 19)


Deforestation in tropical countries is still an important issue for many countries with significant forest areas in these regions. In times of serious discussion about climate change and global warming, public interest in this topic is very high. One of the solutions to the problem of deforestation activities is to use forests in a sustainable way, but a great deal of research is still needed before realize sustainable forest management in tropical rainforests is possible. This chapter starts with a discussion of the technical terms often used in connection with silviculture in the tropics. It then continues by giving an overview about the principles of existing management systems and then evaluates these in relation to their impact on sustainability. Finally, in a case study of the Amazon region, the impact of a commonly used reduced-impact logging system is presented and evaluated by examining its impact on economic and ecological sustainability.


Natural Forest Secondary Forest Primary Forest Tropical Rainforest Sustainable Forest Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leif Nutto
    • 1
    Email author
  • Peter Spathelf
    • 2
  • Ulrich Eberhard Schroeder
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Forest Utilisation and Forest Work Science, University of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.University of Applied Sciences EberswaldeEberswaldeGermany

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