Forestry management is a wide concept. Traditionally “forest management” has been focused on timber production coupled with protection of the forests, often carried out by a state forest agency.
Since many years, this narrow interpretation is changing into a much wider concept whereby both the number of managers and the number of management objectives is increasing rapidly. Today almost all forests are “managed”, although both the intensity and the objective(s) varies widely. Biological diversity, rural livelihoods, non-wood forest products, timber, fuel wood, and water, are only a sample of all recognized products and services forests can deliver.
This section of the FAO Forestry country profiles aims at covering this complexity in a generalized way.