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    Author(s): Susana Barreiro; Mart-Jan Schelhaas; Gerald Kändler; Ronald E. McRoberts
    Date: 2017
    Source: In: Barreiro, Susana; Schelhaas, Mart-Jan; McRoberts, Ronald E.; Kändler, Gerald. Forest inventory-based projection systems for wood and biomass availability. Dodrecht, Netherlands: Springer: 3-15.
    Publication Series: Book Chapter
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    For millennia, forests have been a strategic resource for mankind, providing building material for houses, ships, and mining; household and industrial fuel; hunting grounds and grazing opportunities for cattle. Despite its strategic importance, forest management was often not sustainable. Many European countries have a long history of deforestation and overexploitation of forest resources. North America has also seen substantial deforestation since European colonization. The principles of sustainable forest management were formulated around 1700 by Von Carlowitz in Germany (1713). Centuries later the concept of sustainability became popular under the term "sustainable development" as coined by the Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future, also known as the Brundtland report (http://www.un-documents.net/our-common-future.pdf).

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    Barreiro, Susana; Schelhaas, Mart-Jan; Kändler, Gerald; McRoberts, Ronald E. 2017. Introduction. In: Barreiro, Susana; Schelhaas, Mart-Jan; McRoberts, Ronald E.; Kändler, Gerald. Forest inventory-based projection systems for wood and biomass availability. Dodrecht, Netherlands: Springer: 3-15.

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