European forest governance post-2020

From Science to Policy 10

Bernhard Wolfslehner, Helga Pülzl, Daniela Kleinschmit, Filip Aggestam, Georg Winkel, Jeroen Candel, Katarina Eckerberg, Peter Feindt, Constance McDermott, Laura Secco, Metodi Sotirov, Magdalena Lackner, Jeanne-Lazya Roux
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Forests and forest-relevant policies in Europe face a wide array of challenges in a rapidly changing world. Issues such as Brexit, the new European Parliament and European Commission, and the recent European Green Deal proposal are certain to affect policymaking, as are the as-yet unknown impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

A new science-policy study from EFI provides a timely look at forest governance in Europe, and offers insights into the potential way forward. Many of the forest-relevant policies currently in place have been targeted towards 2020, and while a final evaluation of their achievements is not yet possible, a look into the future is essential.

This science-policy report reviews significant developments in the forest governance framework including EU and international developments, and discusses how coordination in other policy areas than forests leads to policy integration. Based on evidence from a literature review, stakeholder interviews and workshop results, it outlines several potential pathways for future forest policy-making in Europe.


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Wolfslehner, B., Pülzl, H., Kleinschmit, D., Aggestam, F., Winkel, G., Candel, J., Eckerberg, K., Feindt, P., McDermott, C., Secco, L., Sotirov, M., Lackner, M., Roux, J.-L. 2020. European forest governance post-2020. From Science to
Policy 10. European Forest Institute.

Number of pages: 52
ISBN 978-952-5980-84-4 (print)
ISBN 978-952-5980-85-1 (online)

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Bernhard Wolfslehner, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, and EFI Forest Policy Research Network, Austria

Helga Pülzl, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, and EFI Forest Policy Research Network, Austria

Daniela Kleinschmit, University of Freiburg, Germany

Filip Aggestam, senior researcher, Sweden

Georg Winkel, European Forest Institute

Jeroen Candel, Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands

Katarina Eckerberg, Umeå University, Sweden

Peter Feindt, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Constance McDermott, University of Oxford, UK

Laura Secco, University of Padova, Italy

Metodi Sotirov, University of Freiburg, Germany

Magdalena Lackner, International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO), Austria

Jeanne-Lazya Roux, European Forest Institute