Show Summary Details

p. 925. Forest goods and serviceslocked

  • Jaboury Ghazoul


Our increasingly urbanized modern society is distanced from forest habitats so it is easy to forget that forests continue to provide many goods that we take for granted, as well as environmental services on which our society depends. ‘Forest goods and services’ considers forest resources such as timber, coffee, rubber, cocoa, Brazil nuts, medicinal plants, and bushmeat as well as the ecosystem services that forests provide. These include climate regulation, flood control, pollution abatement, fresh water supply, and soil protection. Forest productivity and the ecosystem benefits we derive from forests depend on well-functioning ecological systems which are, in turn, a product of the rich biodiversity of forests and the interactions among these species.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.