Forest ecosystems play multiple roles at global as well as local levels: as providers
of environmental services to nature in general — and humans in particular — and as
sources of economically valued products. The 1972 Stockholm Conference recognized
forests as the largest, most complex and self-perpetuating of all ecosystems, and
emphasized the need for sound land and forest use policies, ongoing monitoring of the
state of the world’s forests and the introduction of forest management planning.
Assessments of Forestry in: