General Paper

Factors Influencing the Long Term Sustainability of the South African Forest Industry

Published in: The Southern African Forestry Journal
Volume 178, issue 1, 1997, pages: 53–58
DOI: 10.1080/10295925.1997.9631139
Author(s): K. OlbrichDivision of Water, Environment and Forestry Technology,, S.I. ChristieDivision of Water, Environment and Forestry Technology,, J. EvansDivision of Water, Environment and Forestry Technology,, D. EverardDivision of Water, Environment and Forestry Technology,, B. OlbrichDivision of Water, Environment and Forestry Technology,, R.J. ScholesDivision of Water, Environment and Forestry Technology,

Abstract

We discuss five issues which we feel will have a major influence on the long term sustainability of the South African forest industry. These are: water, site fertility, labour issues, environmental issues, and national and international market forces. Specifically, we attempt to highlight aspects of our current understanding, and identify gaps in our knowledge. In exploring these issues, our objective is to contribute to the debate on sustainability, provoke discussion, and identify some of the research which is needed to meet the goal of sustainable forest management.

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