Indicators on Forest Biological Diversity

Indicators on Forest Biological Diversity

Drawing on previous research on biodiversity assessment and experience with criteria of forest quality, this paper suggests some principles for developing forest biodiversity indicators. It is important to place biodiversity assessment within a broader framework of forest quality. Biodiversity is influenced by a wide range of factors including, cultural practices, air pollution and forest management. As an example, criteria and indicators of forest quality has been drawn up - i.e. a list of the goods and services that forests provide, including biological, social and economic elements. These are summarised below and may provide a basis for consideration under the Convention on Biological Diversity. Placing biodiversity within a broader framework of forest quality is important both because biodiversity is itself influenced by many of these other elements and because biodiversity is already often being assessed alongside other forest quality elements by other institutions.

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