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Special Issue "Sustainable Ecology and Forest Management"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Darko B. Vukovic

Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russian Federation; Geographical Institute “Jovan Cvijic” of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Serbia
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Interests: economic geography; regional studies; political geography
Guest Editor
Dr. Milan Radovanovic

Geographical Institute “Jovan Cvijic” of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Serbia
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Interests: geography; climatology; solar activity and environment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, various international, regional and national guidelines and tools have been developed on how to manage sustainable ecology and forest management. The international research on ecology and forests required holistic and participatory approaches in developing their management. These included the need to manage forest lands and resources sustainably to meet the social, economic, ecological, cultural and spiritual needs of people now and in the future. New understanding of forests as ecosystems, along with societies’ changing views of values derived from forests, has caused forest managers to adopt more comprehensive approaches to sustaining forests; concepts that in fact apply to values to be achieved outside of specific forest management units as we consider resource-dependent communities and biodiversity at landscape scales and migratory bird flight pathways and the climate change impacts of forest management. More importantly, this process must be in line with sustainable ecological needs.

In this Special Issue, potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Problems and results of environmental monitoring of condition and pollution of ecosystems, consequences of environmental pollution.
  • The role of soil biota in regulating eco-system functions/services of the forest in the conditions of combined action of natural and anthropogenic factors.
  • The concept of multipurpose continuous and sustainable forest management, ecological-economic bases of sustainable forest management.
  • Theory and practice of management of the carbon balance of forests.
  • Sustainable Recreation and Tourism. Includes recreation and tourism behavior, social and/or ecological impacts of tourism, and planning, management and policy.

We invite authors, scientist involved in theoretical, methodological and practical studies of ecology and forest management to contribute original research papers that will illustrate the continuing effort to understand developments of new techniques, methods and tools for the sustainable management of ecology and forestry.

Dr. Darko B. Vukovic
Dr. Milan Radovanovic
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • sustainable ecology
  • environmental protection
  • sustainable forest management
  • sustainable tourism

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Research

Open AccessArticle Forest Maintenance Practices and Wood Energy Alternatives to Increase Uses of Forest Resources in a Local Initiative in Nishiwaga, Iwate, Japan
Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 1949; doi:10.3390/su9111949
Received: 1 September 2017 / Revised: 4 October 2017 / Accepted: 25 October 2017 / Published: 26 October 2017
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Abstract
This study assesses the impact of wood energy use under underutilized conditions of wood resources: the impact on promotion of forest maintenance practices (FMPs), user costs, and local economies, using the case of a local initiative in Nishiwaga, Iwate, Japan. We conducted two
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This study assesses the impact of wood energy use under underutilized conditions of wood resources: the impact on promotion of forest maintenance practices (FMPs), user costs, and local economies, using the case of a local initiative in Nishiwaga, Iwate, Japan. We conducted two main analyses: resource and economic assessment. For resource assessment, we investigate whether wood supply from FMP residue is sufficient to sustainably satisfy new demand created by a local initiative in Nishiwaga, and in how much forest area can FMPs be performed to satisfy the demand. These questions are analyzed by linear programming. Regarding economic assessment, we investigate whether replacement of fossil fuel by wood energy brings economic benefit to a user and local economy using input–output analysis. Our overall findings demonstrated that the use of wood energy under underutilized situations can lead to an increase of implementations of FMPs and of domestic wood resource supplies from a short-term perspective that comes from residues of the FMPs. We also found that wood energy consumption introduces co-benefits in terms of reduced heating costs for users and a larger economic impact on the local economy than fossil fuel. Full article
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