FAO. 2003. New trends in wood harvesting with cable systems for sustainable forest management in the mountains. Proceedings of a Joint FAO/ECE/ILO Committee on Forest Technology, Management and Training Workshop, 18 - 24 June 2001, Ossiach, Austria.
This publication contains the papers submitted at the Workshop and is preceded by the Report on the Workshop that was adopted at its conclusion. The papers are presented in the language provided by their authors (mostly English) with summaries in the other two languages for most of the papers. All opinions expressed in these papers are those of the authors. The organizers and the secretariat of the Joint Committee cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of any statistics or statements included in the papers. These papers appear as presented by the authors with the exception of later corrections and editorial revisions.
Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission. 2002. Applying reduced impact logging to advanced sustainable forest management. International Conference Proceedings, 26 February-1 March 2001, Kuching, Malaysia. FAO, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok.
Reduced impact logging (RIL) is a key component of sustainable forest management and various timber-producing countries in the Asia-Pacific region have recognized its considerable potential. RIL has been tested in numerous countries and applied on a small scale. Its widespread application, however, is constrained by several impediments, including the lack of sound information. Information is inadequate in a number of areas, but is most acute with respect to the economic and institutional implications of RIL.
FAO. 1999. Environmentally sound forest operations for countries in transition to market economies. Proceedings of a FAO/AUSTRIA Expert Meeting, 20 - 27 September 1998, Ort/Gmunden, Austria.
The objective of the Expert Meeting was to exchange experience and information on the development of environmentally sound forest operations in countries undergoing transition to market economies, provide information on environmentally sound forest operations based on the experience of private forest enterprises supported by administrative, institutional and financial programmes as established in Austria, and to demonstrate appropriate forest operations involving individual forest contractors and forest enterprise personnel in small, medium and large scale forest operations.
FAO. 1998. Environmentally sound forest roads and wood transport. Seminar Proceedings, 17-22 June 1996, Sinaia, Romania.
The Romanian forest lands extend over 6.3 million ha, representing 27 percent of the total area of the country. The distribution of forest lands is such that 90 percent of it is on landscapes classified as hills or mountains. Hence it follows that the majority of forestry works are carried out on rough topography where the slopes are frequently more than 25 percent. Forest accessibility is low because of a lack of adequate access roads. From the total of 6.3 million ha of forest land, only 4.1 million ha could be considered accessible; the rest of these forest lands are not connected to an existing transport system. The density index of the forest road network is 6.2 m/ha.
FAO. 1996. Contributing to environmentally sound forest operations. Proceedings of a FAO/IUFRO Meeting of Experts on Forest Practices, Feldafing, Germany, 11-14 December 1994, FAO Forestry Paper No. 133.
This report represents a collection of papers on recent efforts to develop guidelines and codes of practices in forest operations and engineering. The papers were presented at the "Meeting of Experts on Forest Practices" which was held from 11-14 December 1994 at the Food and Agriculture Development Center of the German Foundation for International Development in Feldafing, Germany. The meeting was convened jointly by the Forest Harvesting and Transport Branch of FAO and the Subject Group S3.05, "Forest Operations in the Tropics," a Research Group of the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO).
FAO. 1995. Economics and management of forest operations for countries in transition to market economies. Proceedings of a FAO/AUSTRIA Seminar, 27 June-3 July 1994, Ort/Gmunden, Austria.
The objectives of the Seminar were to: (a) provide participants with a good understanding of the principles of economically-efficient and environmentally-sound forest harvesting operations, based on the experience of private forest enterprises and government-supported administration and financial programmes as established in Austria; (b) provide information on integrated multiple use of forest management, infrastructure development, integration of agriculture, forestry and tourism, development of intermediate and advanced technology on forest operations and sawmilling; (c) demonstrate appropriate forest operations enhancing the involvement of local populations in forest harvesting and transport providing employment and income; and (d) present country reports, exchange of experience and information among participants on problems encountered and results achieved so as to transform centrally-planned forest operations into market-oriented enterprises.