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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.