The book addresses global and regional issues concerning the world’s forests, societies and the environment from an independent and non-governmental point of view. A main message is that co-operation on a global scale is not only commendable, but essential if solutions to the problems facing the world’s forests are to be found. To achieve this, modern science needs to find a clearer picture of relationships between forests, human activity and the environment, and of the consequences of environmental change for the ability of societies to survive.
The book analyses the ongoing globalisation processes of forests, societies and the environment, reviews world-wide trends with significance for the future of forests, forestry and industries, and looks at the value of the goods and services of forests. In addition, the book takes up global forestry themes with the aim at stimulating wider discussion, looks at major themes of particular relevance to Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, North America and Europe, and introduces the special theme, i.e. forest sectors, in transition economies.
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