Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) can be defined as - the stewardship and use of forests and forest lands in a way that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and potential to fulfil relevant ecological, economic, and social functions, at local, national and global levels without causing damage to other ecosystems - Ministerial conference on the Protection of European Forests, Helsinki: 1993.
Forests play an often-unrecognised role in the livelihoods of people living in rural areas. They are essential to rural areas and constitute an invaluable component of integrated rural development.
One of the key aims of Robinwood's component three - run by Wales - has been to find ways to improve the role of forestry in rural Europe through better forest management.
Although the Robinwood regions have widely differing forests, all share the desire and will to improve their forest resource, and to use this forest resource sustainably to aid rural development.Click on the links below to see full reports on Forestry Management, Planning Principles and Forest Certification.
Robinwood Dendrovita Report:Revitalisation and extension of linear tree features to sustain wood supply and biodiversity, September 2007
Altman Report on Cost Benefit Analysis of Continuous Cover ForestryAltman report on Landscape Preferences and Continuous Cover Forestry
Opinion poll (SWOT analysis) - Liguria
EU Commission comment on EU Forest Action Plan
Appendix 1 Brandenburg forestry SWOT Analysis
Appendix 2 Liguria forestry SWOT Analysis
Appendix 3 Murcia forestry SWOT Analysis
Appendix 4 Slovakian forestry SWOT Analysis
Appendix 5 Wales forestry SWOT Analysis
State of the Forest - Part 1
State of the Forest - Part 2
State of the Forest - Part 3