The Business of Sustainable Forestry: Strategies for an Industry in Transition

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Overview

<p>A range of powerful forces-increasing demand for wood, uncertain and decreasing supply, increasing environmental pressures, and growing markets for environmentally certified wood-are changing the way the forest products industry conducts business. Forward-thinking firms have recognized the significance of these forces and are developing a new business model, one that will not only sustain revenues, but can ensure the long-term health of the forests upon which the industry depends.<p>The Business of Sustainable Forestry integrates and analyzes a series of twenty-one case studies of industry leaders carried out by the Sustainable Forestry Working Group. The motivations of the pioneering firms studied are as varied as their characteristics, yet each has made significant progress. The authors of this book argue that the operations that have been most succeessful are those that have integrated sustainable forestry principles and practices into their overall corporate strategy. The book:<ul> <li>describes the forces that are pushing the industry toward sustainability <li>presents an overview of the new techniques and technologies that are making sustainable forestry more feasible than ever <li>presents in clear, engaging prose company profiles that demonstrate both the promise of and the obstacles to sustainable forest management <li>gives a clear-eyed look at practices such as certification and their capacity to transform the forest products market <li>provides conclusions drawn from the cases by Stuart Hart of the University of North Carolina and Matt Arnold of the Management Institute for Environment and Business <li>offers a succinct set of lessons learne.<p></ul> The Business of Sustainable Forestry is the first book to present a composite snapshot of the business of sustainable forestry and the lessons learned by early adopters in form and language accessible to the general business reader. Forest and natural resource managers, forest products industry managers, and students and academics in schools of business and forestry will find the book a unique and valuable guide to an industry in transition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559637138
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Sustaining Forests and Profits 1
1 The Pursuit of Innovation 11
2 The Forest Products Industry in Transition 24
3 Emerging Markets for Certified Wood Products 59
4 New Mandates for Technology 88
5 Lessons from a Pioneer 114
6 Harvesting Ecology and Economics 131
7 Opportunities for Private Timber Owners in Sustainable Forestry 157
8 Rich Niches 189
9 The Difficulties of Sustainable Forest Management in the Tropics 216
10 The Socioeconomics of Brazilian Pulp Plantations 235
11 The Road to Certification 262
12 The Wall of Wood 281
13 Meshing Operations with Strategic Purpose 302
14 Lessons Learned 320
Glossary of Terms 327
The Sustainable Forestry Working Group 337
About the Authors 341
Index 343
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