The Future of the World's Forests

Ideas vs Ideologies

  • Jim Douglas
  • Markku Simula

Part of the World Forests book series (WFSE, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Issues and Questions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jim Douglas, Markku Simula
      Pages 3-17
    3. Jim Douglas, Markku Simula
      Pages 19-39
    4. Jim Douglas, Markku Simula
      Pages 41-52
  3. The Dynamics of Forest Loss

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Jim Douglas, Markku Simula
      Pages 55-79
    3. Jim Douglas, Markku Simula
      Pages 81-104
  4. Sustainability and Valuation of the Forests

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Jim Douglas, Markku Simula
      Pages 107-145
    3. Jim Douglas, Markku Simula
      Pages 147-193
    4. Jim Douglas, Markku Simula
      Pages 195-207
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 209-211

About this book


At the landmark 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit), solemn resolutions were made both to protect the world’s biodiversity and to co-operate on managing natural forests in a sustainable and ecologically responsible way. If anything, given recent developments in issues such as climate change and poverty, the problem of protecting and sustaining forests should logically have become more important globally. Yet public interest in, and development support for, forest activities have declined and rates of forest loss remain stubbornly high. Why has this happened? This book seeks answers to this question. It examines the often dysfunctional relationships between various members of the international forest constituency, which have so often prevented the formation of consensus. It also explores the tendency to pursue technical and politically convenient ‘fixes’ focused on the internal workings of the forest sector, while ignoring the overwhelming influence of external forces on the fate of forests. The result, all too often, has been programs which benefit a few powerful players and fail to provide real solutions. The book provides a new examination of and perspective on the international forest policy debate. It clarifies the reasons for global forest conflicts and provides insight for future policy development. Including examples from both the developed and developing world, it provides an invaluable resource for researchers and graduate students in forest policy and international relations, as well as a useful reference for policymakers and professionals in the forest sector, the development community and conservationists. With significant global attention now focused on reducing carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), the authors examine the promise and the potential problems that apply to this initiative.


Deforestation Rainforest Sustainable forest management Tropical rainforest biodiversity development forest forest policy logging national forest policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Jim Douglas
    • 1
  • Markku Simula
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Medicine, Biology &, EnvironmentAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Ardot OyHelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-9581-7
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-9582-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0427
  • Series Online ISSN 1566-0427
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