The Role of Public Policies in Incentivizing Forest, Mountain and Rural Economy

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Economics, Policy, and Social Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 14 October 2024 | Viewed by 153

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Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), Rome, Italy
Interests: biosystems and environment; work safety; agricultural and forestry policies and law; urban forestry management; circular economy
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Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), 38123 Trento, Italy
Interests: sustainable forest management; ecosystem services; stakeholder analysis; public participation in natural resources management
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Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences (DAFNE), Tuscia University, Via San Camillo de Lellis, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
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Dear Colleagues,

In the last century, the depopulation of mountain and rural areas has increased considerably, causing a negative decline in the economy and further encouraging the phenomenon of abandonment of traditional activities and active management of the territory. However, these areas are essential for the provision of a multitude of ecosystem services and benefits, such as the maintenance and protection of biodiversity and traditional landscape, as well as the fight against climate change.

Mountain areas are an important carbon reserve and source of ecosystem services such as soil protection and water regulation, raw materials and energy provision. On the other hand, mountain areas through the agricultural sector provide unique and characteristic agrifood products and represent a source of income for rural populations. In addition, mountain rural areas play a fundamental role in the well-being and quality of life of the community through various environmental benefits typical of mountain areas. Therefore, their abandonment would generate negative consequences for current and future generations.

Global and European Union (EU) policies and strategies (e.g., the European Green Deal and new EU Forest Strategy for 2030) seek to incentivize the development and recovery of mountain and rural areas through the implementation of financial and economic measures. The Common Agricultural Policy 2023–2027 also provides support and funding for rural mountain areas and related agricultural activities. Nevertheless, it is also true that public policies are not always sufficient to guarantee the concrete development of these areas, and public participation and stakeholder engagement hold importance.

The objective of the Special Issue is to collect contributions (original research articles and review documents) that provide pivotal information on public policies and strategies regarding mountain and rural development in order to compare both the main results obtained and their implementation in European countries.

The main aim of the Special Issue is to improve knowledge of the main public policies regarding mountain and rural development, contributing to the state of the art of the main challenges of the European States and to the in-depth analysis of future prospects to further incentivize the sector.

Dr. Valerio Di Stefano
Dr. Alessandro Paletto
Dr. Raffaele Cortignani
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  • forest, mountain and rural policy
  • governance of mountain forests
  • rural and mountain area management and governance
  • forestry and rural legislation
  • mountain and rural economics
  • natural resource policy and planning
  • Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
  • adaptation and mitigation of climate change in mountain and rural areas
  • stakeholder involvement and conflict management in mountain and rural areas
  • public participation as a tool of mountain and rural development

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