Technical Report 6

Compilation of Forestry Terms and Definitions

Andreas Schuck, Risto Päivinen, Tuomo Hytönen and Brita Pajari
Internal Report 6
European Forest Institute, Joensuu, Finland, 2002
48 p.

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In June 1994 the European Forest Institute (EFI) had prepared a document of selected terms and definitions for the ‘ Follow-up of the Second Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe’ held in Helsinki in 1993. Excerpts from the 1994 report “Terms and Definitions” were used both within the Second and Third Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe:

  • Second Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe, Helsinki, 1993
    European List of Criteria and Most Suitable Quantitative Indicators: Explanatory notes:
  • Third Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe, Lisbon, 1998 Appendix 2: Explanatory notes for filling in the question for the follow-up of the Helsinki resolutions H1 and H2

The 1994 interim report had been compiled, evaluated and reviewed with the help of a large number of experts of various research fields. Again we would like to express our gratitude. They were namely:
Dr. M.N. Salleh, former President of IUFRO, Mr. E.H. Séne, FAO, Prof. H. Spiecker, Universität Freiburg, Dr. J. Innes, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (now at University of British Columbia), Mr. C. Barr, BA, Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Prof. M. Kanninen, University of Helsinki, Prof. K. Kuusela, EFI, Prof. V. Koski, Finnish Forest Research Institute, Prof. K. Mielikäinen, Finnish Forest Research Institute, Prof. J. Parviainen, Finnish Forest Research Institute.

As the report was well accepted, at the time EFI felt it appropriate to make the information also available through its Website. Due to the dynamics of change and the introduction of new important terms, the original document has been revised and further developed.

Using the possibilities of Internet publishing, EFI has produced an interactive document giving the user the options to investigate, where available, original, on-line sources of terms and definitions or compare various sources with one another. This interactive investigation may give the user best results for her/his needs. It should be kept in mind, however, as other collections of terms and definitions, EFI’s Compilation of Forestry Terms does not by any means claim to be complete but under constant development. Options for including additional forestry related terms or submitting new or additional definitions/links would complement its building and guarantee it to be a useful information source on commonly used terms and definitions in the field of forestry. It will supplement to other initiatives in this field (International Union of Forest Research Organisation (IUFRO) SilvaVoc; FAO Agrovoc

We would like to express our thanks to Dr. Gyde Lund, Dr. Jari Parviainen and Dr. Timo Karjalainen for their support in updating this latest addition. We hope you, as a user, will find this Document useful in your work and are open for suggestions for future development.

April 2002,
Andreas Schuck Risto Päivinen Tuomo Hytönen Brita Pajari