Our Forests ... our Future ...
J Robert Thibault
J-Robert.Thibault at sbf.ulaval.ca
Fri Apr 30 10:11:55 EST 1999
I suggest you take a look at the World Commission on Forests and
Sustainable Development Web Site at http://iisd1.iisd.ca/wcfsd/
You will find there the Final Report available in PDF format. The main
conclusions are ...
World Commission on Forests and Sustainable Development. Final Report Released
The Commission has released its Final Report. The ten recommendations were:
1.Stop the destruction of the earth's forests: their material products and
ecological services are severely threatened.
2.Use the world's rich forest resources to improve life for poor people
and for the benefit of forest-dependent communities.
3.Put the public interest first and involve people in decisions about
4.Get the price of forests right, to reflect their full ecological and
social values, and to stop harmful subsidies.
5.Apply sustainable forest management approaches so we may use forests
without abusing them. 6.Develop new measures of forest capital so we know
whether the situation is improving or worsening.
7.Plan for the use and protection of whole landscapes, not the forest in
8.Make better use of knowledge about forests, and greatly expand this
9.Accelerate research and training so sustainable forest management can
become a reality quickly.
10.Take bold political decisions and develop new civil society
institutions to improve governance and accountability regarding forest
J.-ROBERT THIBAULT Ph.D., Professeur
Faculté de foresterie et de géomatique
Université Laval, Quebec, Canada, G1K 7P4
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