Since sustainable forestry is a complex endeavor, paradoxes naturally exist in the certification criteria and indicators. There are different ways to establish the sustainability horizon and alternative harvest profiles that, although sustainable, may not meet specific criteria. The application of historic range of variation data and criteria must confront issues of time and spatial scales as well as how much human disturbance is natural. Defining “local” in the bioregional context is important for addressing socioeconomic criteria. The forester’s ability to deal with the self-contradictions in the criteria and indicators of sustainable forestry will improve with experience in the certification process.
Bois et forêts des tropiques
CIRAD: AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT
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Howard, Theodore E., "The forester's dilemma : paradoxes in the criteria and indicators for sustainable forestry" (2001). Bois et forêts des tropiques. 217.