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By Nigel Dudley, Rodolphe Schlaepfer, William Jackson, Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud, Sue Stolton

ISBN-10: 142941216X

ISBN-13: 9781429412162

ISBN-10: 1844072789

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Deforestation is usually a subject of debate within the environmental enviornment, however it isn't just the variety of bushes that concerns; the standard of the wooded area is usually vital. Even the place the woodland region is good or expanding, there are frequently swift adjustments in its personality. typical forests are being changed through plantations or via intensively controlled forests. worldwide, forests have gotten more youthful and not more assorted, in either species and constitution; this has very important affects for biodiversity and in addition impacts many human values. during this groundbreaking textual content, wooded area caliber is mentioned as an invaluable new inspiration in wooded area conservation and administration. 3 major evaluate standards are used: authenticity; environmental merits; and social and monetary merits. The publication describes a technique and protocol for gathering and analysing facts, and descriptions intimately the process required with every one indicator. The authors suggest a panorama method of evaluate and reveal how evaluate works via a sequence of case reports that convey how this method can be utilized in lots of how one can aid woodland conservation administration. This hands-on guide is for pros focused on forestry, conservation and source administration around the world, and comprises case examine fabric from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin the United States that demonstrates useful makes use of of the hot 'landscape' method of wooded area conservation. released with IUCN and WWF

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In many cases the advantage of working in a coherent landscape is worth the sacrifice If only poor quality information is available then this is part of the knowledge gained by the assessment. In more ambitious assessments, this also shows where new research or surveying is needed. Poor data only really become dangerous (or at least becomes much more dangerous) if they are assumed to be accurate. One option to address variable levels of information is to include a rating for data quality and this is addressed in Stage 5 below.

WHY IS THE ASSESSMENT BEING CARRIED OUT? MAIN AIMS There are many reasons for carrying out a forest quality assessment, for instance: • • • • • • • • • • designing a protected areas system; planning extractive reserves; improving a suburban recreational area; resolving conflicts between conservationists and small forest owners; negotiating a concession for timber or non-timber products; developing an ecoregional conservation plan; developing a monitoring and evaluation system; monitoring progress towards forest landscape restoration or sustainable forest management; identifying high conservation value forests (Jennings et al, 2003); as part of an advocacy process to make a case for conservation or development.

So far a few voices have been dominating the conversation but gradually more people are starting to speak. We already have a huge list of social topics – everyone’s pet subject and far more than we can tackle. But there has been a spell of sunny weather and all the farmers are working late on the harvest, so we’re missing a whole constituency of interest. Some people seem to have ideas but are too shy to speak. Others veer off at a tangent, but the chair is quite firm and we are gradually building up a picture of local concerns and priorities.

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