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Forests 2017, 8(12), 496; https://doi.org/10.3390/f8120496

The Contribution of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Practices to Forest Management: The Case of Northeast Asia

Department of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 02841, Korea
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Received: 9 November 2017 / Revised: 7 December 2017 / Accepted: 8 December 2017 / Published: 12 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Participatory Forestry: Involvement, Information and Science)
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This study aims to introduce the potential applicability of traditional ecological knowledge and community forestry in Northeast Asia, including China, Japan, and South Korea. In ancient Northeast Asia, forest policies and practices were based on Fengshui (an old Chinese concept regarding the flow of vital forces), with which forests were managed under community forestry. However, these traditional systems diminished in the twentieth century owing to the decline of traditional livelihood systems and extreme deforestation. Recently, legacies from traditional ecological knowledge and community forestry have been revisited and incorporated into forest policies, laws, and management practices because of growing needs for sustainable forest use in China, Japan, and Korea. This reevaluation of traditional ecological knowledge and community forestry has provided empirical data to help improve forestry systems. Although traditional ecological knowledge and community forestry in Northeast Asia have been scarcely theorized, they play a significant role in modifying forest management practices in the face of socioeconomic changes. View Full-Text
Keywords: community forestry; forest history; forest management practice; traditional knowledge community forestry; forest history; forest management practice; traditional knowledge
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Kim, S.; Li, G.; Son, Y. The Contribution of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Practices to Forest Management: The Case of Northeast Asia. Forests 2017, 8, 496.

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