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Authenticity as a means of measuring forest quality

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WWF, the World Wide Fund for Nature, has proposed that there should be four general criteria of forest quality (Dudley, Stolton & Jeanrenaud, 1993): • authenticity; • forest health; • environmental benefits; • other social and economic benefits. In this framework, authenticity defines the ecological value of a forest and is a measure of biodiversity. In the following essay, it is argued that the concept of authenticity offers advantages over alternatives when identifying and describing biodiversity and in drawing up ecologically-beneficial managegment plans.

Keywords: Forests; WWF; biodiversity; conservation; integrity; restoration

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1996-01-01

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