Sustainable Forest Management and Global Climate Change

Sustainable Forest Management and Global Climate Change

Selected Case Studies from the Americas

Edited by Mohammed H.I. Dore and Rubén Guevara

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change recognises that, in the formulation of a global strategy for reducing global emissions of carbon (the main factor in global warming) forests could play an important role. This book highlights that role and demonstrates how the forests of the world may be harvested judiciously and sustainably. The authors argue that the forests are more than just a source of timber and wood; they discuss the role that forests play in reducing global warming, in preventing soil erosion and in helping to minimise the loss of biodiversity. Drawing on the expertise of contributors associated with the analysis of forests, this book is an in depth and fascinating discussion as well as a policy guide for the sustainable management of forests.

Preface

Edited by Mohammed H.I. Dore and Rubén Guevara

Subjects: economics and finance, environmental economics, environment, climate change, environmental economics, management natural resources

Extract

The collection of research papers included in this book was made possible by a research grant from the Inter American Institute of Global Change Research (IAI), which was set up by the US National Science Foundation, with the same standards of rigour and accountability as for any grant made by the NSF itself. The IAI is one of three research and funding networks in the world dedicated to increasing the understanding of global climate change. One of the objectives of the IAI was to bring together researchers from South, Central and North America in order to increase the understanding of global climate change, and to formulate policies to mitigate global change. As principal investigators of that research grant, we the editors were able to organize a workshop at the Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE), in Turrialba, Costa Rica, on 27 February to 1 March 1997. Early versions of chapters in this book were presented and discussed at this workshop. The workshop was also co-funded by CATIE and by Brock University, in Canada. The year 1997 was an exciting year. Only five years earlier the Rio Summit, also dubbed the ‘Earth Summit’, had given new optimism to the possibilities of international cooperation in the area of the conservation of the global environment. The Montreal Protocol has been an unprecedented success and the subsequent revisions to it augured well for the possible implementation of the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UN FCCC). At that time,...