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UKFS Guidelines on Forests and Biodiversity

The conservation of biodiversity is an essential part of sustainable forest management. Forests cover nearly one third of the world’s total land area and are vital in ensuring environmental functions such as climate regulation and soil conservation in addition to biodiversity. They provide habitats for a large array of plants and animals, many of which are rare or threatened. Biologically diverse forests also contribute to the sustainability of the wider landscape and provide a range of other ecosystem services.

UK Forestry Standard Guidelines: Forests and Biodiversity
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Forests and Biodiversity is one of a series of seven Guidelines that support The UK Forestry Standard (UKFS). The UKFS and Guidelines outline the context for forestry in the UK, set out the approach of the UK governments to sustainable forest management, define standards and requirements and provide a basis for regulation and monitoring.

Printed copies of the Guidelines can be ordered from FC Publications.


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