The contribution of forest biotechnology to the future of our global forests is explored. Questions relating to how forest biotechnology can most appropriately fully contribute to achieving sustainable development goals in the light of REDD+ and the United Nations Rio+20 developments are raised. Opportunities for international support for preservation of old growth forest areas, whilst allowing for other areas to be semi-managed, or used for high density plantation forestry are discussed. The role of ‘trees of technology’ using modified practices or genetic components in tree breeding are described, with reference to future energy, pulp, food and construction uses. The crucial role of biotechnology in conserving forest biodiversity and uniquely valuable tree genotypes is evaluated.
|Title of host publication||Challenges and Opportunities for the World's Forests in the 21st Century|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
- forest biotechnology
- sustainable development
Gartland, K., & Gartland, J. S. (2013). Forest biotechnology futures. In Challenges and Opportunities for the World's Forests in the 21st Century Springer. http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/forestry/book/978-94-007-7075-1