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Command-and-control policies are often criticised as insufficient to tackle tropical deforestation.

This open access article looks at forest policy as empirical case study of European integration.
It has been demonstrated the usefulness of infrastructures along a climatic gradient like REINFFORCE to determine major tendencies of tree species responding to climate changes.

Stefanie Linser and Bernhard Wolfslehner, with 11 other experts from the IUFRO WP 9.01.05 on research and development of indicators for SFM, have jointly elaborated two publications covering all C&I processes and regions worldwide. 

The highlights comprise:

This study identifies new wood-based products with considerable potential and attractive markets, including textiles, liquid biofuels, platform chemicals, plastics and packaging. We apply a mixed methods review to examine how the position of the forest industry in a given value chain determines the respective production value.

Agroforestry is an integrated land use management that combines a woody component with a lower story agricultural production recognized as one of the most important tools to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Although importance of participation in public decision making is widely recognized in policy sciences, there is no consensus on what its preferred role and meaning would be.

Wildfires are one of the most prominent risks for Mediterranean forests, reducing the flow of ecosystem services and representing a hazard for infrastructure and human lives.

This paper set out to review future-oriented projects to determine how the use of scenarios may affect EU forest-related policy. The work was carried out as a desktop study, utilising online search engines and databases to select appropriate future-oriented projects for analysis.

A new synthesis report coordinated by the European Forest Institute “A forest-based circular bioeconomy for southern Europe: visions, opportunities and challenges” considers the elements required to radically transform production and consumption patterns in this region, with its huge diversity of landscapes and land use.

While very many decision-support (DS) tools (i.e. models and decision support systems (DSS)) have been developed to address forest management problems in Europe, the use of such tools in supporting forest policy processes remains limited.

Authors: Christophe Orazio (EFI), Jean-Michel Carnus (formerly IEFC) and Jean-Yves Lesgourgues (formerly CRPF) Editor: Stephanie Hayes

Sustainably managed forests provide renewable raw material that can be used for primary/secondary conversion products and as biomass for energy generation. The potentially available amounts of timber, which are still lower than annual increments, have been published earlier.

Resulting from the collaboration between FAO and EFI, the first voluntary guidelines for forest concessions in the tropics have been published.

This paper is the work from AGFORWARD project funded from the European Union´s Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration under Grant Agreement no. 613,520.

Many have asserted that Sacred Natural Sites (SNS) play an important role in nature protection but few have assessed their conservation effectiveness for different taxa. The study analyses sacred groves in Epirus, NW Greece, where a large number of such SNS have been identified.

Forest ownership is changing in Europe. Reasons include recent institutional changes in Eastern Europe, changing lifestyles of non-agricultural owners and afforestation. At present, there is little comparative analysis across Europe, and the implications that these changes have for forest management and for the fulfilment and redefinition of policy objectives have not been addressed systematically.
The newly published paper is by EFI researchers Marko Lovrić, Nataša Lovrić and Georg Winkel, and Ulrich Schraml from EFI member organisation Forest Research Institute of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.

A new science-policy report from EFI demonstrates how different Climate-Smart Forestry measures in three European regions can enhance the role of forests in tackling climate change.

The newly published paper is the collaboration of Filip Aggestam, from EFI's Resilience Programme and Helga Pülzl from our Central Eastern European Regional Office (EFICEEC).

Many EFI researchers have contributed to a new Europe-wide analysis on private forest owners' property rights.

A new paper describes the participatory approach that was used to define three cross-sectoral visions of sustainable land use in Europe in 2040. EFI Senior Researcher Hans Verkerk was one of the authors.

Agroforestry is a sustainable land management system recognized worldwide but not implemented in a extensive form in temperate and developed countries. Agroforestry has been promoted in the last decades at global level as it provides more efficient and sustainable farming systems.

A new study uses EFI's ToSIA (Tool for Sustainability Impact Assessment) to assess the environmental benefits of integrating a pyrolysis plant with an existing CHP plant.
Forest owners and managers are on the frontline of adapting forest management to climate change. Their decisions are affected by their own knowledge and beliefs and the mapping of management options for the current as well as anticipated future environmental and socioeconomic conditions. This baseline knowledge influences the way forest owners and managers evaluate and make their decisions.