Plantation forests in Europe: challenges and opportunities

From Science to Policy 9

Peter Freer-Smith, Bart Muys, Michele Bozzano, Lars Drössler, Niall Farrelly, Hervé Jactel, Jaana Korhonen, Gianfranco Minotta, Maria Nijnik, Christophe Orazio
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European forests are facing new demands including helping to mitigate climate change, providing goods and services, generating jobs and acting as a source of fuel and materials. Forestry is also expected to play a major part in supplying the feedstock and services required to develop an innovative, sustainable bioeconomy. Plantation forests can play a key role in meeting these objectives. 

This study draws on recently published scientific research and four case studies (Ireland, Sweden, Italy and Georgia), to ask if plantation forestry is currently meeting its full potential to deliver European environmental and socio-economic policy. It identifies what science can tell us about designing and managing forest plantations, and their use to meet society’s future needs, and sets out the major policy implications.

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Freer-Smith, P., Muys, B., Bozzano, M., Drössler, L., Farrelly, N., Jactel, H., Korhonen, J., Minotta, G., Nijnik, M. and Orazio, C. 2019. Plantation forests in
Europe: challenges and opportunities. From Science to Policy 9. European Forest Institute. 

Number of pages: 52
ISBN 978-952-5980-79-0 (print)
ISBN 978-952-5980-80-6 (online)

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Peter Freer-Smith, University of California Davis, USA & Forest Research, UK
Bart Muys, KU Leuven, Belgium
Michele Bozzano, European Forest Institute
Lars Drössler, Ilia State University, Georgia
Niall Farrelly, Teagasc, Ireland
Hervé Jactel, INRA, France
Jaana Korhonen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Gianfranco Minotta, University of Turin, Italy
Maria Nijnik, James Hutton Institute, UK
Christophe Orazio, European Forest Institute