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Forest management planning is a complex decision-making challenge that needs to account for long time horizons, uncertain biophysical and socioeconomic parameters, and multiple stakeholders’ preferences with often conflicting objectives. As more recently, new challenges have been identified, like atmospheric carbon capture and storage in forests and the role they fulfill in global climate change mitigation efforts. Various public, private, and non-governmental efforts have been developed and implemented to address these problems, but their success has been modest to date. Many new international, regional, local, and private forest institutions have been developed in the last decade in order to improve forest conditions and retention. Tenure arrangements and reform have been identified as crucial components among the many new policies and institutions introduced for improving sustainable forest management.

This book covers the principles and key literature related to forest tenure and sustainable forest management and examines the status of sustainable forestry and land ownership at the aggregate national level for major forested countries. It explores approaches concerning complex forest planning challenges, such as restoration after large-scale disturbances and under climate change. It also introduces a new framework that integrates qualitative scenario planning with quantitative multi-criteria decision analysis. Further, it highlights the process of developing a forest management plan (DFMP). It also examines the decentralization of forest management.

Moreover, the book takes the reader to the application of geographic information system (GIS) in forest management; forestry under climate change; adaptive economic and ecological forest management under risk; assessing risks and uncertainties in forest dynamics under different management scenarios and climate change; evaluation of community participation wildfire management in the forest reserve. It also demonstrates the role of science in local forest landscape management that improves benefit flows to society. This book will appeal to the students, scientists, researchers, and other stakeholders associated with the subject area.