What we do to earth we do to ourselves - What we do to our forests we do to ourselves!
Notes of the Author
My concerns are international and my book compares the wisdom our Native American culture developed about the details of nature to the values our western culture places on nature. Our indigenous people lived with nature and were required to understand the complexity and detail of their surroundings to survive. 34 years of experience with the U.S. Forest Service and after reviewing the curriculum of most forestry schools in the US, I find the focus of our science to be on what we can take from the forests rather than what is needed to keep our remaining forests healthy, vigorous and, above all else maintain or improve the diversity of the forest mosaic. I am suggesting intensive forest management that recognizes and manages the unique individual forest communities that make up our forests. I truly believe that diversity is the key to sustainability, balance and health of our remaining forests. Focusing our efforts on the needs of the remaining forested lands will provide the valuable natural resources from pour forests we have relied on for hundreds of years.
Brian E. Stout
Prevent land grabbing: Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Land Tenure
At the Global Land Forum in Antigua, Guatemala, the International Land Coalition reported about the observed increasing levels of land grabbing and land concentration that are embedded in wider political and economic choices, including poorly regulated investment frameworks and poor governance that do not respond to the needs of rural communities, undermine democratic processes, create unhealthy environments and unequal societies, and perpetuate poverty and hunger.
To avoid negative effects like land grabbing, Impact Investing for Sustainable Forestry (IISF) requires strict guidelines for responsible governance of land tenure rights.