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    A round table discussion was convened to explore divergent views on the potential for natural forest management (NFM) for timber to contribute to wide-scale maintenance of forest cover and biological diversity in tropical forests. The general argument for NFM for timber is that, by conferring relatively more economic value on forests that alternative forest uses, NFM for timber is a necessary, though imperfect, means by which extensive areas of forest cover and a large measure of their biological diversity would be maintained outside nature reserves. The discussion centered on five topics: the biological-diversity-related benefits and drawbacks of instituting NFM for timber, the biological and economic constraints on successful NFM for timber, the alternatives to NFM for timber, and the relative merits of community versus industrial concessions as mechanisms by which to institute NFM for timber.

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    Dickinson, Matthew B.; Dickinson, Joshua C.; Putz, Francis E. 1996. Natural forest management as a conservation tool in the tropics: divergent views on possibilities and alternatives. Commonwealth Forestry Review. 74(4): 309-315.


    biological diversity, community forestry, deforestation, natural forest management, non-timber forest products

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