Forest source of life
Forest is a source of life and family forestry is one of the key factors in securing sustainable forest management. The International Family Forestry Alliance, IFFA, this states in a position paper to the World Forestry Congress being held in Quebec, Canada, in September 2003, that family forestry is important in all the main aspects of the conference: forest – source of life, forest for people, people and forests in harmony and forests for the planet
Published by: Heidi Eriksen
Family forest owners have a strong attachment to their forest. Their long-term tenure makes family forest ownership a significant contributor to the economic and social sustainability in local communities. Economic value is the key to sustainable forest management, and organisations of forest owners have a high impact on economic viability. Cooperation and forest owners’ cooperatives strengthen their value creation, provide services, provide new ways of promotion and contribute to the political processes.
Giving secure ownership rights to a large number of people create a variety of values. Local motivation in long term management secures stability. The ownership rights also contribute to a strong responsibility for the conservation of nature as this natural heritage.
The impact of external policies on sustainable forest management often exceeds the effect of policy within the forestry sector itself. Forest health and productivity for present and future needs are cross-sectoral challenges.