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Testing Criteria and Indicators for Assessing the Sustainability of Forest Management: Genetic Criteria and Indicators

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dc.contributor.author Namkoong, Gene
dc.contributor.author Boyle, Tim
dc.contributor.author Gregorius, Hans-Rolf
dc.contributor.author Joly, Helene
dc.contributor.author Savolainen, Outi
dc.contributor.author Ratnam, Wickneswari
dc.contributor.author Young, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-09T13:11:40Z
dc.date.available 2009-09-09T13:11:40Z
dc.date.issued 1996 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4780
dc.description.abstract "This working paper contains proposals for specific genetic criteria and indicators (C&I) which are expected to be part of a more general set of biological C&I. These proposals are intended for use in guiding tropical forest management but the indicators and verifiers we describe are not in the form of simple prescriptions where a single measurement can be recommended for a single causal effect. Since genetic dynamics operate at a different time and spatial scale than the events that can be observed at the level of forest stand effects, a single forest stand event can have effects on several genetic processes. In addition, the pattern of genetic diversity that has already evolved is due to a balance of several evolutionary forces that operate at different spatial and temporal scales and forest practices would therefore be expected to affect several genetic factors. To provide guidance on what genetic processes may be affected by forest practices, we therefore first describe the factors that affect genetic processes and then provide a matrix of relationships between types of forest level events and genetically significant factors. Since the intention of the larger project is to steer possible management actions, the report identifies two main concerns of sustainability: first, whether the genetic variation is being maintained, and second, what conservation or enhancement measures can be effective. We state one criterion and for each of these concerns, sets of indicators are defined that would address the issue of sustainability. For each indicator, sets of verifiers are provided which differ in the biologically relevant feature they measure or in the precision and technical facilities they require. Finally, the need for rapid assessment and precision under difficult field conditions requires research and development of efficient direct and surrogate measures of the genetic resource. We therefore include recommendations for short- and medium term research that would improve the scientific value, cost-effectiveness, ease of use, and further development of genetic criteria and indicators." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CIFOR Working Paper no. 10 en_US
dc.subject forest management--research en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.title Testing Criteria and Indicators for Assessing the Sustainability of Forest Management: Genetic Criteria and Indicators en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US

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