Forest Biomass Utilization: Implications for Global Sustainable Development

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Wood Science and Forest Products".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 November 2024 | Viewed by 78

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Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-6125, USA
Interests: biomaterials from lignocellulosic sources; novel composites; nano-biocomposites; engineered wood-based composites; forest resources in US history
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forest biomass utilization has significant implications for global sustainable development across environmental, economic, and social dimensions. Utilizing forest biomass sustainably presents both opportunities and challenges in the transition towards renewable and low-carbon energy sources. From an environmental perspective, responsible forest biomass utilization can contribute to mitigating climate change by substituting fossil fuels with biomass-derived energy, and/or using mass timber products as carbon sequesters. Economically, forest biomass utilization creates jobs in the forestry, processing, and bioenergy sectors. On a social level, biomass utilization can enhance energy security and access, particularly in rural and remote areas where conventional sources may be limited. The main challenges include ensuring biomass extraction does not exceed forest regeneration rates, protecting biodiversity, and addressing land-use conflicts. Policy frameworks are crucial to promoting sustainable practices, including robust regulations, incentives for sustainable forestry, and investment in research and development for efficient forest biomass utilization technologies. This Special Issue aims to provide an overview of the most recent advances in the field of forest biomass and their applications in diverse areas, keeping in mind the concept of global sustainable development.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Mass timber products and developments;
  • Biochar applications;
  • Sustainable Forestry;
  • Bioenergy;
  • Biomass forestry applications in rural areas;
  • Forest ecosystem for sustainable forest biomass;
  • Carbon sequestration and carbon credits;
  • Sustainable management of forest resources ;
  • Future perspectives for forest biomass.

Dr. Gloria Oporto
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • forest biomass
  • bioenergy
  • engineered wood composites
  • engineered wood products
  • biochar
  • wood products market
  • carbon sequestration
  • carbon credits

Published Papers

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