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Forests 2018, 9(8), 468;

Orchestrating Forest Policy in Italy: Mission Impossible?

Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (TESAF), University of Padua, 35020 Padova, Italy
CREA, Research Centre for Forestry and Wood, 38123 Trento, Italy
CREA, Research Centre for Agricultural Policies and Bioeconomy, 00198 Roma, Italy
Department for Innovation in Biological, Agro-Food and Forest Systems (DIBAF), Tuscia University, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
CREA, Research Centre for Agriculture and Environment, 50125 Firenze, Italy
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Received: 30 May 2018 / Revised: 24 July 2018 / Accepted: 30 July 2018 / Published: 1 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Participatory Forestry: Involvement, Information and Science)
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In the Italian political and economic agenda the forest sector occupies a marginal role. The forest sector in Italy is characterized by a high institutional fragmentation and centralized decision-making processes dominated by Public Forest Administrations. Public participation in forest policy processes has been implemented since the 1990s at national, regional and local levels in several cases. However, today no significant changes have been observed in the overall governance of the forest sector and stakeholders’ involvement in Italian forest policy decision-making is still rather limited. The aims of this paper are to describe the state of forest-related participatory processes in Italy at various levels (national, regional and local) and identify which factors and actors hinder or support the establishment and implementation of participatory forest-related processes in the country. The forest-related participatory processes are analyzed adopting a qualitative-based approach and interpreting interactive, complex and non-linear participatory processes through the lens of panarchy theory. View Full-Text
Keywords: panarchy theory; national forest policy framework; stakeholders; participatory forums; interviews survey panarchy theory; national forest policy framework; stakeholders; participatory forums; interviews survey

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Secco, L.; Paletto, A.; Romano, R.; Masiero, M.; Pettenella, D.; Carbone, F.; De Meo, I. Orchestrating Forest Policy in Italy: Mission Impossible? Forests 2018, 9, 468.

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