Transforming Forest Governance and Rural Livelihoods to Address Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss

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: 25 August 2024 | Viewed by 587

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Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Renmin University, Beijing 100872, China
Interests: forest policy; local governance; natural resources management; poverty alleviation and community building
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Wild Heritage, PO Box 945, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
Interests: conservation biology; climate change; forest carbon; biodiversity; wildfire ecology; forest policy
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Landscape, Policy and Governance Team, Manaaki Wheuna—Landcare Research, Level 6, 17-21 Whitmore Street, The Terrace, P.O. Box 10345, Wellington 6043, New Zealand
Interests: forest policy and governance; forest bioeconomy; public perceptions; social license to operate; afforestation programs; forests and climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forests have re-taken center stage in global conversations as they play a vital role in climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation and linkage to most of the Sustainable Development Goals through contributions to ecosystem services, green economic opportunities and social and environmental justice agendas We must find suitable approaches to reduce deforestation and forest degradation, enhance forest rehabilitation and improve the quality of forests. In general, deforestation and forest degradations have been impacted by a complex of social, economic and political factors, driven by complicated direct and indirect drivers, including the livelihoods of forest communities and forest governances from the local to global level. Forests have been fully recognized by international communities and national authorities to be a key mechanism for climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation, especially in human-dominated tropical and subtropical regions. This Special Issue will focus on transforming forest governance and rural community livelihoods to address climate change and biodiversity loss. In just a few decades, global policy instruments, including REDD+; nature-based solutions; local initiatives, including decentralization; forest tenure reform; and community-based actions have been proposed and implemented. However, we have often ended up with confusing outcomes. This collection of articles will assess how these actions address relevant drivers of deforestation, whether or not benefits are equitably distributed and shared among stakeholder and demonstrate the meaningful participation of forest communities.

Prof. Dr. Jinlong Liu
Dr. Dominick A. DellaSala
Dr. Peter Edwards
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  • forest governance
  • biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • direct and indirect drivers
  • forest governance transformation
  • communities’ livelihoods
  • forest policy

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