Managing the woods

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When national leaders from all over the world gathered at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for Earth Summit, 1992, management and protection of the world’s forests was among the most contentious issues on their agenda. Since then, the term sustainable forest management (sfm) has become a matter of multilateral bedlam. Simply put, the concept implies regulating use of world’s forests in a way that they continue to provide resources required by the present generation without jeopardising needs of people over the long-term future.

However, this is easier said than done. Twelve years after Rio, the world is still struggling to find a acceptable definition of sfm. In fact, forebodings of difficulties to come were quite evident at the Earth Summit itself: after long rounds of deliberations