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IUFRO Spotlight #62 - How and why criteria and indicators have changed forest management since the Rio Summit

25 years of using criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management has had significant positive impacts, though challenges do remain, according to two new publications on C&I processes since 1992.

Sparked in part by the Rio Earth Summit of 1992, the use of criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management (SFM) has become an ever more present aspect of forest management.

Since that '92 summit, "the focus of academic attention has been mainly on global forest governance with a research gap regarding regional (or international) forest related processes," said Dr. Stefanie Linser of the European Forest Institute, who is also co-ordinator of IUFRO Working Party 9.01.05 on research and development of indicators for SFM.

Thirteen experts from Dr. Linser's IUFRO Working Party have now researched the use and the usefulness of C&I in the quarter-century following the '92 summit and have jointly put together two publications covering all C&I processes and regions worldwide.

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