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Forestry Compendium

Forestry Compendium

"Worldwide coverage of tropical, subtropical, temperate and boreal tree species of major economic importance and lesser-know species of local importance."

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The Forestry Compendium is a unique global compilation of knowledge on forestry, ideal for practical decision making.

It has a comprehensive, worldwide coverage of tropical, subtropical, temperate and boreal tree species of major economic importance and lesser-know species of local importance. It also covers, in detail, many of the pests that damage these trees.

As a reference tool, it provides a basis for informed selection of woody species for a variety of uses, including for trials in plantation, agroforestry and natural forest systems.


The Forestry Compendium contains:

  • Over 1,400 detailed datasheets on tree species of economic importance worldwide and lesser-known species of local importance
  • More than 900 detailed datasheets on forest pests
  • Basic datasheets on over 18,000 more species
  • Over 34,000 full text articles
  • Access to over 412,000 articles from CAB Abstracts
  • Over 5,500 illustrations for easy identification and teaching
  • A multilingual glossary including over 16,000 forestry terms in English, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese


Unique features

  • Comprehensive and quick searches with our powerful integrated retrieval tool, offering Boolean searching as well as a variety of pre-defined ‘smart searches'
  • Extensive electronic library of additional resources such as original texts, book chapters, reports and electronic resources including content from FAO and CIFOR
  • Includes core data from World Bank, FAO and EPPO
  • Links through to relevant external forestry information sources including research organizations and professional societies 

*Figures correct as of January 2017



CABI has teamed up with Botanical Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) to offer its members preferential subscription rates to the Forestry Compendium. Find out more.


  • Tropical, subtropical, temperate and boreal trees
  • Silviculture and management
  • Tree and forest protection
  • Forest products
  • Tree pests

Forest managers, forest officers and field workers / Forest protection scientists / Quarantine officers / Researchers, forest planners, policy makers / Extension workers / Conservationists / Teachers, lecturers and students

"I have no hesitation in recommending the Forestry Compendium as a cost-effective means of providing access to a wealth of information. This is an important resource for people at all levels of interest and involvement in forests, and CABI and their partners should be congratulated on its production and development."
International Forestry Review

"[When] I have the Forestry Compendium it is as if I have a portable library."
Jiyuan Li, Research Institute Subtropical Forestry

"An attractively packaged treasure trove of information."
Phillip Adlard, Commonwealth Forestry Review

"A highly useable tool! We have waited for something like this for years."
W.Kunzel, Agroforestry Consultant, GTZ Regional Forestry Project, Fiji

The Forestry Compendium is an initiative of over 14 partners in a global Development Consortium, which includes technical institutions, development-assistance agencies and private-sector companies.

The International Development Consortium Members:
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research / Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry / CABI / Canadian Food Inspection Agency / Canadian Forest Service / Center for International Forestry Research / Department for International Development / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit / European Union / International Network for Bamboo and Rattan / International Tropical Timber Organization / MacArthur Foundation / New Zealand Agency for International Development / United States Agency for International Development / United States Department of Agriculture- Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service / United States Department of Agriculture - Foreign Agricultural Service / United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service 

Our International Development Consortium Partners:
Center for International Forestry Research / Food and Agrciultural Organization of the United Nations / Oxford Forestry Institute / Plant Resources of South-East Asia / Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory / World Agroforestry Centre

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