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Special Issue "Understanding Forest Health under Increasing Climate and Trade Challenges: Social System Considerations"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Eva Carina Helena Keskitalo

Department of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden
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Interests: forest policy, multiple forest use, rural policy, climate change adaptation in forest management, invasive species policy related to forest, comparative country studies
Guest Editor
Dr. Mariella Marzano

Forest Research, Northern Research Station Roslin, Midlothian, EH25 9SY, Scotland
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Interests: tree and plant biosecurity, stakeholder engagement
Guest Editor
Dr. Tom P. Holmes

U.S. Forest Service, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, P.O. Box 12254, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, USA
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Interests: forest economy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Forest health is increasingly influenced by climate change as well as growing globalisation and trade. Climate change results in species movement and species that have earlier had more limited impacts can potentially spread and gain impact under changing conditions. However, through the large plant trade and inadvertent movement of species (such as pests or fungi in soil) forest health is increasingly impacted by species not only originating in nearby areas but also from far away areas of the globe. As a result, new forest plant risks may occur that have largely been unprecedented, and with a potential that has been little managed so far in legislation and policy that may be more oriented towards supporting free trade. This special issue highlights the social system considerations around forest health: the ways in which specific legislative and policy systems, at the national, regional or local level, aim at regulating or managing increasing forest pest or invasive species risks and outbreak events, and the ways in which policy instruments, technologies or means of interaction, routines or engagement can be developed to manage plant pest and invasive species. This special issue thereby illustrates the possibilities and limitations in specific socio-economic and political systems to manage and limit the impacts of increasing challenges to forest health under climate change and globalisation.

Prof. Eva Carina Helena Keskitalo
Dr. Mariella Marzano
Dr. Tom P. Holmes
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.


  • Forest health
  • social science
  • humanities
  • invasive species
  • pest

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