Introduction: Basic Concepts of Social Forestry

  • Celeste Lacuna-Richman
Part of the World Forests book series (WFSE, volume 11)


The concept of social forestry is defined. To illustrate its development, a brief history of social forestry worldwide is presented. Social forestry has often been treated as a sub topic in forestry. This chapter aims to introduce the idea that all forestry is social forestry. There are aspects of social forestry within traditional or sustained yield forestry. There are some differences however. The distinction between social forestry and other forestry programs are introduced. Social forestry requires the cooperation of experts in various fields. For this reason, the concept of interdisciplinarity is presented. Finally, there is a section defining terms, including the types of social forestry.


Forest Resource Land Tenure Community Forestry Interdisciplinary Field Forestry Department 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Science and Forestry School of Forest SciencesUniversity of Eastern Finland (UEF)JoensuuFinland

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