Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox

Silviculture and Management of Planted Forests

Welcome to the Silviculture and Management of Planted Forests Module, which is targeted at stakeholders involved in the management of planted forests. The module provides specific information on good practices for the establishment and management of planted forests, from site selection and seed collection through to the planting of sites and their subsequent management.

The module also provides links to planted forest tools and case studies of effective management of planted forests.

This manual collects information on forest nurseries and their main activities. A chapter is also dedicated to the quality of forest genetic material. The manual is available only in Spanish.
Buffer zones
09 February 2015
The video shows effects and benefits for landscape and biodiversity to have an untouched buffer zone of a few metres between waterways and felling sites.
FAO undertakes field projects to assist member countries in testing and demonstrating alternative processes, methodologies and techniques in the field of planted forests. This website collects all documents related to projects of afforestation, reforestation, support to natural regeneration and rehabilitation of forests. The page shows links to downloadable project documents...
First thinning
06 February 2015
Too dense a forest needs to be thinned. Depending on the site and the tree species, two or three thinnings may be carried out before regeneration. The forest owner may gain substantial revenue from thinnings. In the first thinning the best trees are selected and left to grow, and space...
This publication is a summary of the experiences lived during the seven years (2003-2010) of implementation of the Sustainable Natural Resource Management Project (PMRN), managed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and supported by German Technical and Financial Cooperation (GIZ and KfW). The PMRN operated in seven Departments in...
This study assessed the current situation of public and private forest plantations/woodlots in Burundi with respect to the distribution and location of these plantations, species planted and sources of seedlings and seeds, age distribution of forest plantations, their management and quality of stands and other features. The Government of Burundi...
The importance of the plantation sector in Ethiopia is increasing as the demand for raw materials is rising and the supply from the natural forests is decreasing. The forest plantation area has increased from an estimated 190 000 ha in 1990 to c. 972 000 ha today. Of this area,...
The main objective of this study was to characterise and document information on the current status, challenges, opportunities and options for the future management of forest plantations in Kenya. This study was undertaken in the context of the African Forest Forum’s work on “Rehabilitation of Public Forest Plantations” in the...
Forest plantations and woodlots play a vital role in the livelihoods of the people of Rwanda. In fact, most of the remaining natural forests are currently protected either as national parks or as protection forest reserves. With the exception of few imported products, such as quality timber and industrial wood...
Supply and demand of forest products are presented in different scenarios and projections covering both wood and NWFPs. Approximately 70% of rural area supply of fuel wood comes from indigenous forests (reserved and non-reserved) through unplanned illegal felling. However, developments in the oil industry and progressive increase in the use...
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