p. 925. Forest goods and services
- 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.