Scientific Summaries


Scientific Summary No. 30, 2007

Social functions of forests like recreation and tourism have become more important and more research on nature and ecotourism is required.

"Nature-based Tourism - From Timber Production to New Products"

Traditionally the main function of forests world wide has been wood production.  Over the last decades, however, things have changed in many countries and management for nature and ecological functions of forests as well as the social functions of forests, like recreation and tourism have become more important.  Due to this increased importance and complexity, as well as the potential conflicts with other functions, this additional function of forests has to be dealt with much more explicitly than in the past.

The author therefore proposes the establishment of an IUFRO Task Force with the help of which the current relevance of ecotourism, as well as its future potential and requirements shall be evaluated and discussed.

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