New study: Mapping forest management globally

Not every forest is alike. Species selection and harvest regime are substantially impacting a forest’s ability to provide ecosystem services, such as climate change mitigation, biodiversity protection or scenic beauty.

11/09/2018 | 1:41 PM

Knowing how we use and manage forests is therefore of highest importance, when studying future environmental change. Often, forest management it is not considered in global land use, climate and biodiversity models, due to the lack of consistent global data. The new study by Katharina Schulze, Žiga Malek and Peter Verburg from IVM's Environmental Geography department presents first data on global forest management patterns. The study provides the first systematic approach of downscaling statistics from the FAO Forest Resource Assessment on forest classes and forest uses and identifies, which location factors influences the occurrence of forest management types. Katharina and colleagues demonstrate the diversity in forest type, naturalness and intensity of management worldwide, which will undoubtedly improve the way how forests are included in global models. The maps are freely available on and will hopefully facilitate future research on land use, climate change and biodiversity, as it enables to consider the different nuances of the world’s forests.

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