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Using the European Union as a case study for the implementation of SFM policy across multiple governance levels in different contexts, we discuss the benefits of adopting an integrated landscape approach with place and space, partnership and sustainability as three pillars

In the urbanizing society faced with the climate change challenge, wood has major potential as a low-carbon and renewable construction material. Yet, Wooden Multi-storey Construction (WMC) remains a niche even in countries with rich forest resources.

This paper discusses the advance in our understanding of the interaction between wind and trees over the last 25 years.

Forests play an increasing role in bioeconomy policies, providing the material for bio-based products. However, public opinion regarding forest management in Europe is contested, which is considered a potential drawback for the social license to operate for the forest-based sector.

The global resin market has undergone fundamental changes in the recent years. Resin production in Brazil has been increasing steadily since 2014, partly due to the sudden change in the trade balance in China, the main pine resin producing country.

Innovation ability and its implementation into practice are crucial for the success of enterprises in traditional sectors such as forestry and, in particular, in the context of countries with economies in transition.

Ukraine is traditionally deeply dependent on fossil and nuclear energy. However, in response to global climate and energy policies, a major shift towards renewable energy (RE) is presently underway.

This document provides specific concepts, definitions, tools and reference materials to help guide the development process of national Criteria and Indicator (C&I) sets for sustainable forest management (SFM) in the Caucasus and Central Asian countries of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Food and Agriculture Organization of

This paper focuses on improving understanding and capacities in the use of forest decision-support (DS) tools for decision making by identifying major forest policy areas, tools available to support them, compatibility

Considering the complex relationships between a sustained production of NWFPs, the use of the available ecological resources, as well as the organizational and the market potential of forest management regimes, we introduce a knowledge-based expert model for supporting NWF

There has been increasing requests for evidence-based policy, especially in complex issues such as climate change, biodiversity and bioenergy questions.

New SINCERE paper analyses the context for adopting payments for watershed services in various Southern countries Payments for watershed services (PWS) are an increasingly popular tool for watershed management, also in the Southern Hemisphere.

Final report from workshop ‘Understanding the Contribution of Agroforestry to Landscape Resilience in Europe: How can policy foster agroforestry towards climate change adaptation?

This research is related to social innovation and human values, which drive the innovative behaviour in forest-dependent communities. The paper discusses relational values as catalysts and consequences of Social Innovation.

Deadwood is a key indicator for assessing policy and management impacts on forest biodiversity.

This article primary focuses on analyzing the quantitative contributions of oak-pistachio tree savannas to rural household incomes in Malekshahi County, Ilam Province, considering both cash and subsistence sources, and direct as well as indirect incomes.
Drawing on the highly fragmented case of the international forest regime complex, this paper aims to map its institutional fragmentation and to analyse the degrees to which it is conflictive or synergistic.
This study sheds light on civil society engagement across different Mediterranean forest settings, from public forest ownership in Greece, to private in Catalonia (Spain) and Portugal.
The aim of this study is to elicit expert views on critical changes in the sector through a Delphi-based outlook, as well as to analyse how these views relate to the understanding of bioeconomy. The highest consensus among panellists relates to the diversification of the forest industries and the dependence of the sector on climate and energy policies. The concept of bioeconomy was regarded by the majority as a vision for the future, rather than a depiction of real changes.

Attention to social innovation and its role in sustainable development have been rising. However, the knowledge of social innovation pertaining to rural areas, including the forestry sector is lacking.

Tuning participatory processes is often insufficient to achieve transition from authoritative state to democratic and participatory forest governance due to institutional inertia and unwillingness to truly decentralise decision-making power.

The open access study analyses power relations and policy preferences of stakeholders in the Lao’s FLEGT VPA process. The results show that the most powerful actors are governmental agencies, donor community and international development partners, while the private sector, civil society organizations and actors from subnational levels are substantially less powerful. Transparency and accountability are characterized with high overall policy preference, while the same cannot be stated for livelihood impacts and involvement of civil society.
The study assesses the effects of different sampling strategies (on site vs. online) on estimations of travel costs methods, when applied to mushroom picking in Catalonia.

In this open access article, the authors describe a novel field experiment that examined the effects of increased mechanical strain and light exposure on tree growth and development. The experiment, conducted between 1996 and 1999, has been analysed now to inform the incorporation of wind acclimation effects into wind risk models.