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This can be the background of the foreign Tropical trees association (ITTO); its goals, guidelines and achievements, via drawing on modern documents and the author's personal extensive adventure. The ebook makes use of exam of earlier successes and screw ups to formulate a 21st-century time table for the main sensible methods of enhancing the administration of forests and determining woodland rules.

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Land use planning and the balance of uses The guidelines of the 1970s tried to provide some guidance on the contribution that land use planning could make to the sustainable management of tropical forest lands. Thus, forest lands should be allocated, as appropriate, to meet each of the following uses: • • • • • • As living space for forest-dwelling peoples. The importance is judged by the fact that local people actually live there (especially if this has been for a long time), the materials they can obtain from the forest and their ‘sense of place’.

Whether to do so or not is essentially an economic decision. Generally accepted silvicultural practice requires the calculation of the volume of timber which may be cut in one year in a given area – the ‘annual allowable cut’ (AAC) – a volume which should be set at a level that provides the maximum harvest while ensuring that no deterioration occurs in the prospects for future sustainable harvests. When an area of virgin forest is cut, the AAC depends on the volume of marketable timber in the area which may be cut while leaving enough stems on the ground for the next crop.

The international tropical timber importers scorned the idea of applying to tropical timber the same recipe as for other commodities – the stabilization of 32 CHANGING LANDSCAPES prices by the purchasing, stocking and releasing of timber stocks by an international body – a view shared by FAO. Traders considered such stabilization to be totally impractical, perhaps impossible, because of the number of commercial species involved, the different categories of products, different quality specifications, different grading rules and the different origins of tropical timber.

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