Special Issue "Forest Management, Conflict and Social-Ecological Systems in a Changing World"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Juan F. Fernández-Manjarrés
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Guest Editor
Laboratoire Ecologie, Systématique Evolution, CNRS‐AgroParisTech‐Univ. Paris Sud, Université Paris Saclay, F‐91405 Orsay, France
Interests: climate change adaptation; social-ecological systems; ecosystem management
Dr. Roxane Sansilvestri
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Co-Guest Editor
Complex Systems in Social Sciences Group, Department of Economics, University of Alcala de Henares, Alcala de Henares, Spain
Interests: social-ecological systems; forest services and goods; public policy; adaptation and mitigation; actors choices

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Management objectives in forest social-ecological systems (FSES) are changing very fast as governments face increased pressure to limit carbon emissions and to use alternative forms of energy, while maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem restoration targets. Because actors in FSES frequently have divergent views, conflicts appear easily when applying adaptation and mitigation public policies that have not been thoroughly discussed. In this Special Issue, we present case studies in which conflicts between actors arise when facing new management goals, like intensive biomass production or strict biodiversity protection. This Special Issue will focus on conflict resolution mechanisms and the emergence of new and alternative forest management practices that maintain forest multi-functionality in a changing world.

 

Dr. Juan F. Fernández-Manjarrés
Dr. Roxane Sansilvestri
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Social-ecological systems
  • Actors perceptions
  • Societal Conflicts
  • Conflict resolution
  • Adaptation pathway/strategy
  • Self-organization

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Forest Protection Unifies, Silviculture Divides: A Sociological Analysis of Local Stakeholders’ Voices after Coppicing in the Marganai Forest (Sardinia, Italy)
Forests 2020, 11(6), 708; https://doi.org/10.3390/f11060708 - 25 Jun 2020
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Today, a forest is also understood as a real social actor with multiple-scale influences, capable of significantly conditioning the social, economic, and cultural system of a whole territory. The aim of this paper is to reconstruct and interpret the population’s perception of the [...] Read more.
Today, a forest is also understood as a real social actor with multiple-scale influences, capable of significantly conditioning the social, economic, and cultural system of a whole territory. The aim of this paper is to reconstruct and interpret the population’s perception of the silvicultural activities related to traditional use of forest resources of the southwestern Sardinian Marganai State Forest. The “Marganai case” has brought to the attention of the mass media the role of this forest and its silviculture. The research was carried out via semi-structured interviews with the main stakeholders in the area. The qualitative approach in the collection and analysis of the information gathered has allowed us to reconstruct the historical-cultural and social cohesion function that the forest plays in rural communities. The results highlight that the main risks concern the erosion of the cultural forest heritage due to the abandonment of the rural dimension (mainly by the new generations, but not only), with the consequent spread of deep distortions in the perception, interpretation, and necessity of forestry activities and policy. Full article
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