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The Challenge of Diffusion in Forest Plans: A Methodological Proposal and Case Study

Research group of Projects & Planification/IDEGA, University of Santiago de Compostela, 27002 Lugo, Spain
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Forests 2018, 9(5), 240; https://doi.org/10.3390/f9050240
Received: 22 March 2018 / Revised: 30 April 2018 / Accepted: 30 April 2018 / Published: 2 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Participatory Forestry: Involvement, Information and Science)
Society’s participation in decisions regarding land planning and management is essential for reaching viable and long-lasting solutions. The success of forest plans depends on the involvement of different stakeholders. In turn, stakeholder involvement depends on the representativity achieved in public participation in the development of the plan. The first stage, diffusion, is the key element in the process. This paper describes a methodology for the diffusion stage that obtains six times more participants than a similar process. Its aim is to achieve stakeholder representativity in the forestry sector in forest planning at a subregional level. The methodology is validated and applied in a municipality of Galicia, north-west Spain. It is evaluated in terms of efficiency considering the effort in each stage and the results achieved. View Full-Text
Keywords: participatory process; forest governance; diffusion; social forestry; stakeholder analysis participatory process; forest governance; diffusion; social forestry; stakeholder analysis
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Bruña-García, X.; Marey-Pérez, M.F. The Challenge of Diffusion in Forest Plans: A Methodological Proposal and Case Study. Forests 2018, 9, 240.

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