to its economic and ecological benefits, reduced-impact
logging has quickly become key to national and international
efforts to certify production forestry operations in
natural tropical forests. For example, the Code of
Practice for Forest Harvesting in Asia-Pacific,
published in 1999 by the Asia-Pacific
Forestry Commission, is helping to build regional
support for reduced-impact logging in this region.
forestry operations are enthusiastic about incorporating
reduced-impact logging into their harvesting practices.
However, the scarcity of trained employees prevents
reduced-impact logging from being more rapidly adopted.
Through its Brazilian subsidiary, the Tropical Forest
Foundation has developed a successful training program
for reduced-impact logging in the Brazilian Amazon.
forest-rich tropical countries, sustainable forestry
has enormous potential for conserving biodiversity.
Protected areas, such as national parks and reserves,
generally cover less than 10 percent of the national
territory, leaving extensive areas of tropical forests
open to development. If unprotected forests are not
managed on a sustainable basis for timber and other
forest products, they are doomed to conversion.
past decade has seen remarkable changes in tropical
forestry as timber companies try to improve their bottom
line. The rapid integration of reduced-impact logging
and certification into tropical timber operations by
many companies is especially heartening. We look forward
to an exciting future of tropical forestry operations
that produce valuable wood, sustain tropical forests,
provide environmental services, and protect biodiversity.