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Reduced Impact Logging in Tropical Forests

The Forestry Department of FAO recently published the Forest Harvesting and Engineering Working Paper No. 1 entitled "Reduced Impact Logging in Tropical Forests". With slightly more than 300 entries, it is considerably easier to navigate than the Internet. The Working Paper presents a literature synthesis and analysis, and on 16 pages (Appendix 1) definitions of words that you have heard before but where never quite sure what they meant or how to define them yourself. Appendix 2 includes tabular summaries on location, descriptive information, logging intensity and cycle, residual density and utilization, site damage, economic aspects and the source of the information. A summary of each publication reviewed can be found in Appendix 3. Almost 300 pages of invaluable information!

For copies of the publication, please contact:

Simmone Rose
Forestry Officer (Impact Assessments)
Forest Products and Economics Division
Forestry Department
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome, 00100
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