Review on sustainable forest management beyond timber

Transitioning from command-and-control forest management for timber sourcing to broader governance schemes for co-production management of wood and NWFP is emerging as essential issue for ensuring long-term forest security, health and resilience.

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A recent review published by forest researchers from four continents reflects on diverse forest products beyond timber. Its overall purpose is to provide a logical argument for transitioning to sustainable management of forests for wood and non-wood forest products (NWFP) under an inclusive ecosystem forest management approach.

A comprehensive discussion of the subject provides special attention to property, tenancy, public goods and access rights to NWFP as resources for livelihoods. Despite their multiple benefits to all sectors of global society, official reporting of production volumes of NWFP is sparse, erratic or inaccurate due to a complex system that is opaque and with inadequately understood value chains.

A conceptual framework is presented for transitioning from timber-oriented forest management to co-production management, essential to ensure long-term forest security, health and resilience.

Full reference

Sheppard JP et al. 2020. Sustainable Forest Management Beyond the Timber-Oriented Status Quo: Transitioning to Co-production of Timber and Non-wood Forest Products–a Global Perspective. Current Forestry Reports. Open access:

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Sven Wunder
Dr Sven Wunder works as Principal Scientist for EFI’s Mediterranean Facility (EFIMED). He leads EFI’s research activities on Payments for Environmental Services (PES) and other incentives and new business models for enhancing the provision of ecosystem services. Dr Wunder’s previous work has focused precisely on PES, but also on deforestation and poverty. His interests include the broader fields of natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, livelihoods, as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation. He has worked for CIFOR, IUCN, the Center for Development Research (Denmark) and Danida, in Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and Indonesia. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Copenhagen in 1992 and a DSc in Forestry from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen in 2001.