Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox

Forest Management Planning

Welcome to the Forest Management Planning Module. This module is intended for forest owners and managers wishing to plan SFM activities and to enable monitoring and control.

The module provides information and links to tools and case studies, to guide users in planning the implementation of SFM at the forest management unit level.

The Republic of Costa Rica is a Central American country largely covered by tropical forest that exhibits high biodiversity. The country has made many efforts to conserve its forests and biodiversity, although in most cases forest and agricultural resources have been independently assessed. Nevertheless, the interdependence of forest, biodiversity and...
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a Central African country, the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation is a major national strategic priority. Previously, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has had limited technical capacity to produce the tools necessary for monitoring forest cover and changes and for...
Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. To support and improve decision-making on climate change mitigation and adaptation, access to robust data and information is key. The role of the forest sector and the availability of comprehensive forest-related data are supporting long-term planning, implementation and monitoring of...
Description of the bio-geochemical cycle within a typical plantation forest, in the Southern Cape forest region of South Africa. The description includes a detailed look at the LFH horizons and breakdown of organic matter and release of plant-available nutrients from leaf litter down to the soil mineral layer.
Introduction to the most common soil types in South Africa. The video description provides an overview of soils across the country and discusses their key soil properties and soil formation factors (e.g., climate, parent material, topography, vegetation).
Description of key technical terms and management operations within a typical plantation forest, in the Southern Cape forest region of South Africa. The description includes a detailed look at site type, soil and vegetation regimes, tree hybrids, forest health and pest management, fertilization, productivity, pruning and thinning.
Introduction to case study focused on Pinus radiata plantation in the Southern Cape forest region of South Africa. The case study evaluates the effects of mechanical and chemical site treatments on soil properties and growth of a Pinus radiata stand. Plantation forests in South Africa are needed to meet the...
An overview of soil conditions needed for optimum tree root growth.
Description of a typical forest soil in the Southern Cape forest region of South Africa. The description includes detailed description of all soil horizons and parent material, emphasizing their key properties and their impacts on tree growth.
Introduction to the Harkerville plateau and Pinus radiata plantation that was lost in the 2017 Knysna fires. This particular site is the location of a long-term experiment, which is the focus of the case study.
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