Selected Case Studies from the Americas
Edited by Mohammed H.I. Dore and Rubén Guevara
Chapter 1: Simplified guidelines for planning sustainable and diversified forest management: a case study of the Villa Mills Demonstrative Experimental Area
1. Simpliﬁed guidelines for planning sustainable and diversiﬁed forest management: a case study of the Villa Mills Demonstrative Experimental Area Grace Saénz and Robin aus der Beek INTRODUCTION The uncertainty which exists regarding long-term forest development, along with the precarious economic balance of forest management, emphasizes the importance of presenting diversiﬁed, ecologically sustainable and economically attractive management alternatives. This implies a change in the traditional management focus, which is almost exclusively directed towards production and valuation of timber and underestimates the direct or indirect beneﬁts that society gains from the fulﬁlment of other forest functions. However, the above only makes sense if management is based on good planning, since increasing the interest in and demands on the forest will inevitably increase the likelihood of conﬂictive situations. For this reason, planning should allow a deﬁnition of the demands, plan for possible conﬂicts and offer adequate solutions, providing the other components of forest administration (forest policy, silviculture, forest economics, timber extraction and so on) with the basic information to deﬁne their objectives, take decisions and control their execution. ANALYSIS OF FOREST FUNCTIONS AND THE RESPECTIVE IMPLICATIONS FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT One reason that traditional forest management has failed as a valid tool for forest conservation is that it focuses almost exclusively on production and valuation of timber and not on the fulﬁlment of all the other forest functions, 19 20 Biophysical aspects of forestry and carbon management underestimating their direct and indirect...
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