Working Paper

Sustainable forestry in Trinidad? Natural Forest Management in the South-East

Published on 1 January 2000

In international policy, Trinidad has acquired a reputation for sustainable natural forest management. Definitions, criteria and indicators of sustainability are premised on ecological and social predictability; that forests and people will respond to rational management in rational, predictable and known ways.

These premises are incorporated within the Periodic Block System; a ‘blueprint’ system for selective logging in particular blocks every 25-30 years in the ‘Mora excelsa’ forests of the south and east.


Melissa Leach

Emeritus Fellow


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