Thursday, 5th July 2012
UK: Independent Panel on Forestry: Final Report
Source: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (UK)
From Executive Summary:
The Government proposals in 2011 to change the way the public forest estate might be managed led to a public outcry which underlined the importance of woodlands in the day-to-day lives of very many people. More widely it showed that our trees, woods and forests are hugely undervalued.The value of the benefits they provide to people, nature and the economy has not been recognised in public policy, and successive Governments have simply not seen them as a priority for public investment.
But our woodlands are an essential part of our natural capital: a unique natural asset that delivers many public benefits. Like any asset, woodlands need investment to sustain these benefits for the long term. But much of their value, to society and nature in particular, does not lend itself to simple expression in pounds and pence.The recent National Ecosystem Assessment set out to tackle this. It trod new ground in showing where we have systematically undervalued, and therefore neglected the ways in which we depend on our natural environment and how, as a result, we are eroding rather than sustaining the natural capital we all rely on.
We can see the effects of this in our woodlands today. Only half of our woodland and forests are in sustainable management, some of our most valuable wildlife is in decline, less woodland is being created and the threats from climate change, pests and diseases are increasing. As a society, we need to respond to this with urgency.
+ Direct link to Report (PDF; 9.7 MB)
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