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Media release November 8, 2010  
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New publication: Forests and Society – Responding to Global Drivers of Change


”Forests and Society – Responding to Global Drivers of Change” the new book published by the IUFRO Special Project World Forest, Society and Environment (IUFRO WFSE) discusses and analyses important environmental changes such as climate change and air pollution, forest and water cycling and forest health in a changing environment, as well as the global socio-economic changes related to markets and investments, technological development, changing social environments and human health and well-being.

It recognizes the crucial role of the drivers of change that originate from outside the forest sector, such as the demand for land for agriculture and bioenergy production. Regional and local examples illustrate how society and institutions are striving to respond to the changes and challenges, at different scales in different parts of the world.

In looking for ways to address these environmental, social, and economic challenges facing the world’s forests, the book focuses on recent advances in approaches to managing forests for wood and other ecosystem goods and services, and on institutional arrangements that hold most promise in fostering efforts for long-term amelioration of these challenges. The importance of engagement, participation, and capacity building of all actors for enhancing collaborative visioning, planning, and managing of future options is recognized as a first step toward maintaining the provision of ecosystem services at the landscape level.

The book sheds light on what appear to be the most promising institutional settings to address the drivers of change and to encourage and expand the implementation of responsible and sustainable forest management around the globe. Attention is focused on the shift from government to governance; political authority; disentangling abstract policy for specific requirements; and capacity enhancing, knowledge-generating and administrative institutions. There is need for much greater attention to the potential of synergistic institutional intersection to respond to new and enduring challenges in ways that single interventions or institutions are incapable of doing.

The 24 chapters of the book are available for down load at:
http://www.iufro.org/science/special/wfse/

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