Book Chapter
The Evolution, Paradigm Shift and Guidelines for Foreign Aid in Forestry

A companion to the previous chapter, Chap. 9 by Pekka Kauppi looks at how forestry aid has evolved over time, from the emphasis of foreign aid to incentivize industrial forestry in the 1960s to the new focus on REDD+ during the last decade, and argues that while investments in forestry have been associated with the value of timber as a global commodity, environmental and social concerns still remain.

Kauppi discusses the history, scalability and transferability of tree planting and initiatives aimed at improving cooking stoves to save trees and to improve human health. He also points towards the important role of local universities in catalysing research towards forest conservation in developing countries, especially in Africa where university education is limited.