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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.

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.