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Field-Level Forestry. Asia-Pacific Forests and Forestry to 2020. GMS Forest Policy Brief 02








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    Institutional frameworks that fail to provide incentives to invest in forest management and a succession of high-level national and international priorities in forestry mean that field-level activities are often overlooked. The health and vitality of forests in the Asia-Pacific region and their productivity are often compromised as a result. With demands on forests increasing and climate change threatening, efforts to maintain ecosystem services and benefits from forests should focus attention o n effective management at the field level.
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    Investment in Forest Resources. Asia-Pacific Forests and Forestry to 2020. GMS Forest Policy Brief 01 2011
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    With 48% forest cover, the Greater Mekong Subregion still has large areas of forest remaining. The area of primary forest is, however, low and falling, while large tracts of forest are highly degraded and forest planting rates remain low in most countries. Reinvestment in forests is necessary to maintain wood and timber production, support biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation, revitalise rural economies and protect against natural hazards and the impacts of climatic alteration s. For a greener future, investment in forestry is essential.
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    Forest Biodiversity Conservation. Asia-Pacific Forests and Forestry to 2020. GMS Forest Policy Brief 03 2011
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    Most of the terrestrial biodiversity within the Greater Mekong Subregion is contained within forests and although other forest areas are important, protected areas are the mainstay for biodiversity conservation. Habitat destruction and extraction of high-value species are major threats. Ecosystem stability is based on interdependence among constituent species and with biodiversity loss, resilience to change is reduced. Awareness raising, stringent environmental impact assessments, and improved l aw enforcement are required.

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