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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.

This open access article combined scientific and technical knowledge to evaluate nine environmental pressures in terms of ecosystem services in European farmland and assessed the carbon storage potential of suitable agroforestry systems, proposed by regional experts.

A study comparing the systems of usage of extensive livestock breeding for fire prevention in two regions against the theoretical elements of resilience and governance.

This paper examines the connection between the perceived benefits of urban green areas and the physical and mental well-being of visitors in two central municipalities of the city of Belgrade (Serbia).

This paper maps ‘who works with whom’ in the field of European forest-based bioeconomy. On country-level, North-Western European countries dominate, and Northern European countries will continue to dominate even more. On organizational level, research network of industry-related topics is almost disconnected from its ‘core-forestry’ counterpart.
This open access article provides insight into how the potential availability of forest biomass is spatially distributed across the European continent.
By leaving selected trees such as those who are injured or have nests, we can protect the variety of life in the forest while still getting the wood we need for our everyday life, researchers found.
This open access paper concludes that the contributions of forest concessions to the SDGs depend on governance context and the clear use of the instrument to deliver such objectives as better planned and implemented concessions and binding concession contracts. The paper also provides recommendations for aligning forest concessions with the SDGs.

Special issue "Forest ownership change: trends and issues" aims to contribute to a better understanding of the role of forest owners in forest management, not only through forest owner typology studies. Special issue contains 16 highly interesting papers.

The European forest sector phases numerous demands and challenges, and the need to mitigate and adapt to climate change might just be the biggest one of them. The issue is well acknowledged in high-level speeches but not much is known about what happens at the regional or local scale.

Based on two in-depth case studies of mountain-bike trails in rural areas of Switzerland, the article analyses the role SI plays in increasing the benefits of forest-based recreation for providers and users. Our findings suggest that in the forestry sector, SI plays a vital role in meeting social needs (e.g. enhancing forest-based recreation).

This open access article employed content analysis of the main global policy documents related to FLEGT and REDD+ to identify the potential contributions of the two regimes to SFM, and strategies to manage the interlinkages among SFM, FLEGT, and REDD+.

This article focuses on the EU and national policies that have the potential to support social Innovation in rural areas and maps possible future policy efforts in this regard.

This publication focuses on global drivers of change from the perspective of their relationships with how society functions. By analyzing them in depth through multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and even transdisciplinary approaches, this book is helping to design the forestry of tomorrow.
This book provides a critical, evidence-based analysis of REDD+ implementation so far, without losing sight of the urgent need to reduce forest-based emissions to prevent catastrophic climate change.
This paper tested the ability of machine learning techniques, namely artificial neural networks and random forests, to predict the individual trees within a forest most at risk of damage in storms.

The Paris Agreement and the latest IPCC Assessment Report (2018) emphasize urgent and efficient actions for climate change mitigation. This means that we must rapidly reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and, therefore, also the use of fossil-based raw materials, energy and products.

This open access article analyses the comprehensive history of governance dynamics behind two government-led incentive schemes in Ecuador and Peru.