Forestry is important to New Zealandís economy. In addition, plantations also contribute social and environmental benefits to the nation, including mitigating climate change. For these benefits to continue, forestry needs to be practised sustainably. Sustainable forest management can be defined as - The stewardship and use of forests and forest lands in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfil, now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic and social functions, at local, national, and global levels, and that does not cause damage to other ecosystems (MCPFE 2011). The need to demonstrate forest sustainability underpins New Zealandís international reputation as demonstrated by Montreal Process reporting and international commitments such as the Kyoto Protocol. Certification of forest management through the Forest Stewardship Council is a requirement for access to some of the international markets. (no keywords)
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