Ecosystem Goods and Services from Plantation Forests
Peter van der Meer
Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
240 pages, 234 x 156 mm
Earthscan from Routledge
Plantation forests often have a negative image. They are typically assumed to be poor substitutes for natural forests, particularly in terms of biodiversity conservation, carbon storage, provision of clean drinking water and other non-timber goods and services. Often they are monocultures that do not appear to invite people for recreation and other direct uses. Yet as this book clearly shows, they can play a vital role in the provision of ecosystem services, when compared to agriculture and other forms of land use or when natural forests have been degraded.
This is the first book to examine explicitly the non-timber goods and services provided by plantation forests, including soil, water and biodiversity conservation, as well as carbon sequestration and the provision of local livelihoods. The authors show that, if we require a higher provision of ecosystem goods and services from both temperate and tropical plantations, new approaches to their management are required. These include policies, methods for valuing the services, the practices of small landholders, landscape approaches to optimise delivery of goods and services, and technical issues about how to achieve suitable solutions at the scale of forest stands. While providing original theoretical insights, the book also gives guidance for plantation managers, policy-makers, conservation practitioners and community advocates, who seek to promote or strengthen the multiple-use of forest plantations for improved benefits for society.
1. Plantation Forests: Global Perspectives
2. Quantifying and Valuing Goods and Services Provided by Plantation Forests
3. Managing Forest Plantations for Carbon Sequestration Today and in the Future
4. Planted Forests and Water
5. Silvicultural Options to Enhance and Use Forest Plantation Biodiversity
6. Smallholder Plantations in the Tropics - Local People between Outgrower Schemes and Reforestation Programs
7. Policies to Enhance the Provision of Ecosystem Goods and Services from Plantations
8. Ecosystem Goods and Services - The Key for Sustainable Plantations
Jürgen Bauhus is professor of silviculture at Freiburg University, Germany. His research focuses on ecology and silviculture of native forests and plantations, and the relationships between forest structure, composition and functioning.
Peter van der Meer is an internationally experienced scientist in the area of tropical forest ecology and sustainable use of biodiversity, working at Alterra, Wageningen, the Netherlands. He has worked extensively in tropical forest areas of South-America, Africa and South-East Asia.
Markku Kanninen is director of Environmental Services and Sustainable Use of Forests Program at the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), whose headquarters are in Indonesia. He is an international expert in global change research, forest ecology, silviculture and forest management with a long history of research in tropical forests.