Topical Collection "Sustainable Forestry"

Editor

Prof. Dr. Heli Peltola
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School of Forest Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Yliopistokatu 7, FI-80101, Joensuu, Finland
Interests: boreal forests; ecosystem services; forest management; risk management; impacts of climate change; adatation to climate change; mitigation of climate change; sustainable forestry

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forests are globally significant carbon sinks and stocks, and provide many provisioning, regulating, supporting, and cultural ecosystem services, respectively. However, there is a pressure to increase the intensity of management and utilization of forest resources, to satisfy the increasing demand for wood for the growing bioeconomy. At the same time, the multiple needs and targets of forest owners and society as a whole must be sustained. Large uncertainties exist also in the expected climate change and its impacts on forests and forestry in different European regions, from boreal, to temperature and Mediterranean regions, respectively. Many abiotic and biotic risks to forests may also increase in different regions under the changing climate. In addition, the responses of forests to climate change may vary largely depending on the region, forest structure, management and severity of climate change. Intensified management and wood harvesting may increase the risk of some forest disturbances, too. Thus, there is an urgent need to adapt to the climate change, considering the increasing risk to forests and forestry. At the same time, climate change should be mitigated, e.g., by increasing simultaneously the carbon sinks and stocks of forests, and use of wood-based products and energy to substitute for fossil resources, respectively. Different adaptive management and harvesting strategies may also be needed in different regions, and depending on the severity of climate change and associated risks to forests, to ensure sustainable forestry. We encourage both experimental and simulation-based studies, to contribute to this Special Issue in order to promote knowledge on pre-conditions for sustainable forestry under changing operative environment, which is crucial for decision making in forestry.

Prof. Dr. Heli Peltola
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Forest management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Forest biomass production
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Biodiversity
  • Disturbances
  • Risk management
  • Climate change
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Mitigation of climate change
  • Sustainable forestry
  • Resource-efficient forestry
  • Climate-neutral forestry

Published Papers (2 papers)

2018

Open AccessArticle
25 Years of Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management: How Intergovernmental C&I Processes Have Made a Difference
Forests 2018, 9(9), 578; https://doi.org/10.3390/f9090578 - 18 Sep 2018
Cited by 5
Abstract
Growing concern about forest degradation and loss, combined with the political impetus supplied by the Earth Summit in 1992, led to the establishment of eleven intergovernmental, regional, and international forest-related processes focused on the use of criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest [...] Read more.
Growing concern about forest degradation and loss, combined with the political impetus supplied by the Earth Summit in 1992, led to the establishment of eleven intergovernmental, regional, and international forest-related processes focused on the use of criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management (SFM). Up to 171 countries have participated in these processes to apply C&I frameworks as a tool for data collection, monitoring, assessment, and reporting on SFM and on achieving various forest-related UN Sustainable Development Goals. Based on an expert survey and literature analysis we identify six interlinked impact domains of C&I efforts: (1) enhanced discourse and understanding of SFM; (2) shaped and focused engagement of science in SFM; (3) improved monitoring and reporting on SFM to facilitate transparency and evidence-based decision-making; (4) strengthened forest management practices; (5) facilitated assessment of progress towards SFM goals; and (6) improved forest-related dialog and communication. We conclude that the 25-year history of C&I work in forestry has had significant positive impacts, though challenges do remain for the implementation of C&I and progress towards SFM. The work should be continued and carried over to other sectors to advance sustainability goals more broadly. Full article
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Open AccessArticle
25 Years of Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management: Why Some Intergovernmental C&I Processes Flourished While Others Faded
Forests 2018, 9(9), 515; https://doi.org/10.3390/f9090515 - 25 Aug 2018
Cited by 5
Abstract
The use of criteria and indicators (C&I) for data collection, monitoring, assessing and reporting on sustainable forest management (SFM) has been growing since the Earth Summit in 1992, supported by eleven intergovernmental, regional and international forest-related C&I processes. The initial effort led to [...] Read more.
The use of criteria and indicators (C&I) for data collection, monitoring, assessing and reporting on sustainable forest management (SFM) has been growing since the Earth Summit in 1992, supported by eleven intergovernmental, regional and international forest-related C&I processes. The initial effort led to varying levels of implementation across countries. Several processes never went much beyond the adoption of a first set of C&I while others have made substantial progress. In recent years, interest in C&I for SFM has again increased. In light of the Sustainable Development Goals and emerging global challenges the contribution of C&I to monitor, assess and report on forest conditions and trends is increasingly important. We compare and analyse the structure, activities and progress of the intergovernmental C&I processes. The work is based on document analysis and questionnaires sent to the secretariats of the processes and C&I experts. We found many similarities but also major differences in the structure and content of the C&I sets. The results provide a context for discussing and understanding why some of the C&I processes are successful in their work while others have stalled. Finally, we propose the required ingredients for success for the future activities of the forest-related intergovernmental C&I processes. Full article
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