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Implementing Participatory Processes in Forestry Training Using Social Network Analysis Techniques

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Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (DISAFA), University of Torino, 10095 Grugliasco, Italy
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Department of Computer Science, University of Torino, 10149 Torino, Italy
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Forests 2018, 9(8), 463; https://doi.org/10.3390/f9080463
Received: 28 June 2018 / Revised: 25 July 2018 / Accepted: 26 July 2018 / Published: 30 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Participatory Forestry: Involvement, Information and Science)
Public participation has become an important driver in increasing public acceptance of policy decisions, especially in the forestry sector, where conflicting interests among the actors are frequent. Stakeholder Analysis, complemented by Social Network Analysis techniques, was used to support the participatory process and to understand the complex relationships and the strong interactions among actors. This study identifies the forestry training sector stakeholders in the Western Italian Alps and describes their characteristics and priorities, in relation to training activities on entrepreneurial topics for forestry loggers. The hierarchy among actors has been identified, highlighting their respective roles and influence in decision-making processes. A lack of mutual communication among different and well-separated categories of actors has been identified, while good connections between stakeholders, operating in different territories, despite the presence of administrative and logistical barriers, have been observed. Training is a topic involving actors with different roles and interests. Nevertheless, all actors consider training about how to improve yields of forest operations and how to assess investments, particularly in innovative machinery, to be crucially important and conducive to a better comprehension of the wood supply chain and the enhancement of the raw material. View Full-Text
Keywords: entrepreneurial education; forestry training; innovative training; participatory process; social network analysis; stakeholder analysis entrepreneurial education; forestry training; innovative training; participatory process; social network analysis; stakeholder analysis
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Blanc, S.; Lingua, F.; Bioglio, L.; Pensa, R.G.; Brun, F.; Mosso, A. Implementing Participatory Processes in Forestry Training Using Social Network Analysis Techniques. Forests 2018, 9, 463.

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