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Special Issue on The Social Impacts of Logging

This Special Issue on The Social Impacts of Logging of the International Forestry Review talks about how logging really affects society. The evidence shows that the effects are mostly negative and happen on a large scale. Logging companies don't usually do a good job of helping the communities they work in, and the rich and powerful often take advantage of the situation. This means that the people who live near these forests don't benefit much from logging, but they do face serious problems like losing their jobs and not being safe. Tessa Minter composed this Special Issue after four years of fieldwork in the Solomon Islands.

Tessa Minter
01 April 2023
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The need for wood around the world is increasing, and a lot of this wood comes from cutting down trees in natural forests. These forests are often found in places like tropical areas and are home to some of the world's most disadvantaged communities. We should pay more attention to how cutting down trees, or logging, affects these communities in our policies, practices, and research.

Logging makes existing problems in these communities even worse, especially for women and Indigenous people. One reason things are so bad is that the people in charge don't always do a good job of making sure everything is fair and clear. They also don't include the local communities in the decisions, which makes things even worse. If we want logging to have better effects on society, we need to fix the imbalances of power. This means making sure that everyone is treated fairly and that the people who live in these areas have a say in what happens.

Table of content

A call for a wider perspective on sustainable forestry: Introduction to the Special Issue on The Social Impacts of Logging
Authors: Minter, T.; Naito, D.; Sunderland, T.

Logging and Indigenous peoples' well-being: an overview of the relevant international human rights jurisprudence
Author: Mei, L.

Social obligations in the logging sector in Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia and Republic of Congo
Authors: Young, D.; Nkuintchua, T.

Can wild forest foods contribute to food security and dietary diversity of rural populations adjoining forest concessions? Insights from Gabon, DR Congo and Cameroon
Authors: Fungo, R.; Tieguhong, J.C.; Iponga, D.M.; Tchatat, M.; Kahindo, J.M.; Muyonga, J.H.; Mikolo-Yobo, C.; Donn, P.; Tchingsabe, O.; Kaaya, A.N.; Ngondi, J.L.; Tutu, S.; Emeleme, R.; Odjo, S.; Loo, J.; Snook, L.

The informal sawn wood value chains in Uganda: structure and actors
Authors: Kambugu, R.K.; Banana, A.Y.; Byakagaba, P.; Bosse, C.; Ihalainen, M.; Mukasa, C.; Schoneveld, G.; Zziwa, A.; Cerutti, P.O.

Challenges to smallholder forestry policy reform on a postindustrial logging frontier: lessons from the Amazon estuary
Authors: Cromberg, M.; Cronkleton, P.; Menton, M.; Sears, R.R.

Six years of industrial logging in Ngoyla (East-Cameroon): what have been the outcomes for local populations?
Author: Defo, L.

'Our happy hour became a hungry hour': logging, subsistence and social relations in Solomon Islands
Authors: Minter, T.; van der Ploeg, J.

Changing lifestyles in converted forests: the impact of logging operations on the Orang Rimba, Jambi, Indonesia
 Persoon, G.; Wardani, E.M.

The International Forestry Review

The International Forestry Review is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes original research and review papers on all aspects of forest policy and science, with an emphasis on issues of transnational significance. It is published four times per year, in March, June, September and December. Theme editions are a regular feature and attract a wide audience.

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