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Special Issue "Non-Timber Forest Products and Bioeconomy: Management, Value Chains, Challenges and Opportunities"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Sergio De Miguel

Department of Crop and Forest Sciences, University of Lleida-Agrotecnio Center (UdL-Agrotecnio), Av. Rovira Roure, 191, E-25198, Lleida, Spain
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Interests: multifunctionality of forest ecosystems, non-timber forest products, forest diversity and productivity, multiple ecosystem services, forest ecology and management planning
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Charlie Shackleton

Department of Environmental Science, Rhodes University, P.O. Box 94, Grahamstown, South Africa
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Interests: non-timber forest products; NTFP ecology; NTFP management; multipurpose landuse; poverty alleviation; rural livelihoods; urban foraging

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) may be defined as any product or provisioning ecosystem service other than commercial timber that is produced in natural and human dominated landscapes including forests and other vegetation formations. They include fruits and nuts, hypogeous and epigeous fungi, medicinal and aromatic plants, fish and game, vegetables, resins and essential oils, wood for carving, construction and energy, as well as a range of barks and fibers, such as cork, bamboo and rattans, among a number of other multi-purpose trees, palms and grasses. They have traditionally played a key role in human well-being through their contribution to livelihoods, trade, traditions and culture, and they are experiencing increasing importance in the diversification of the formal and informal forest-based bioeconomy across the globe. Thus, according to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005), there are more than 150 NTFPs internationally traded, in addition to a broad diversity of products of local importance. For instance, recent estimates of the total value of NTFPs in Europe amount to 2.27 billion Euro (State of Europe’s Forests 2015 Report), representing a significant proportion of the value of total roundwood removals (~10 %) that, moreover, may still be a considerable underestimation of their real value given the significant deficiencies concerning national statistics on NTFPs harvesting and trade. The production systems, management and value chains of NTFPs are framed within complex socio-ecological and socio-economic contexts at multiple scales, facing important challenges and opportunities that deserve attention to further understand the role of NTFPs in human well-being and bioeconomies, so that their full potential can be unlocked from the local to the global level in a changing world.

This Special Issue of Forests is focused on Non-Timber Forest Products, their production systems, management, value chains and their importance for well-being and bioeconomy, as well as on the challenges and opportunities concerning the diversification of the provisioning forest ecosystem services other than commercial timber and their impact on human development and well-being. Research articles may focus on any aspect explicitly dealing with NTFPs including also land-use and policy-making studies at multiple scales where NTFPs may play a key role combined with timber and other ecosystems services. Papers addressing the impact of global change on different NTFPs and value chains and their impact on future human well-being are encouraged. Excellent and thorough review papers synthesizing the state of the art of different aspects of the management, value chains and relevance of NTFPs are also welcome.

Dr. Sergio de Miguel
Prof. Dr. Charlie Shackleton
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Non-timber forest products
  • Multi-purpose trees
  • Non-wood forest products
  • Human well-being
  • Provisioning forest ecosystem services
  • Multifunctionality
  • Management
  • Value chains

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Open AccessReview Climate Change Impacts on Pinus pinea L. Silvicultural System for Cone Production and Ways to Contour Those Impacts: A Review Complemented with Data from Permanent Plots
Forests 2019, 10(2), 169; https://doi.org/10.3390/f10020169 (registering DOI)
Received: 19 December 2018 / Revised: 12 February 2019 / Accepted: 13 February 2019 / Published: 16 February 2019
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Umbrella pine (Pinus pinea L.) cones take three years to develop. With the increasing frequency of extreme droughts, water available for trees has decreased—climate change is a reality. The cone’s survival in its first two years of development and the average cone [...] Read more.
Umbrella pine (Pinus pinea L.) cones take three years to develop. With the increasing frequency of extreme droughts, water available for trees has decreased—climate change is a reality. The cone’s survival in its first two years of development and the average cone weight during its last year of maturation is affected, thus, reducing kernel quantity and quality. Climate change has resulted in forest fires becoming an inescapable issue in forest management planning. A literature review was carried out, focusing, on one hand, the predicted climatic changes for the Mediterranean basin and, on the other hand, the umbrella pine silvicultural mechanisms at tree, stand, and landscape levels that may help to face these constraints. Finally, the Portuguese case was focused, describing the management practices that are being adopted to achieve, even when the period of cone formation and growth include dry years, one to six tons of cones per hectare per year in adult stands. Full article

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