Special Issue "Global Forest Health and Climate Change: Social, Economic and Environmental Implications"

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

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Dr. Julie Urquhart
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Countryside & Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire, Francis Close Hall Campus, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 4AZ, UK
Interests: human dimensions of forest health; plant biosecurity; climate change in forest management
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Dr. Mariella Marzano
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Social and Economic Research Group, Forest Research, Northern Research Station, Roslin EH25 9SY, Scotland, UK
Interests: tree and plant biosecurity; stakeholder engagement
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Globally, forest and trees are increasingly affected by climate change, such as increased temperatures, changes in precipitation, and the frequency of extreme weather events. These changes are having significant impacts on global forest health and the ecosystem services they provide due to longer growing seasons, shifts in the range of invasive pests and diseases and more frequent forest fires. Alongside this, increased global trade and human movement have enabled tree pests and pathogens to colonise new regions, causing extensive damage to nature and society. At the same time, native trees and forests may be under considerable stress due to higher temperatures, and the interactions between climate change and globalisation are likely to have cumulative impacts on forest health with severe implications for our environment, economy and society. This Special Issue aims to highlight the complex interrelationships between climate, globalisation, forests and forest health, as well as approaches to advance understanding and inform on best practice in mitigating or adapting to the impacts. We encourage the submission of both empirical and theoretical papers from environmental, economic and social sciences that present new evidence or illustrate the possibilities and challenges of managing and limiting the impacts of increasing risks to forest heath. Papers adopting interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome.

Dr. Julie Urquhart
Dr. Mariella Marzano
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  • forest health
  • climate change
  • globalisation
  • risk
  • tree pests
  • tree disease

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How Can Local and Regional Knowledge Networks Contribute to Landscape Level Action for Tree Health?
Forests 2021, 12(10), 1394; https://doi.org/10.3390/f12101394 - 13 Oct 2021
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Forests worldwide are facing increasing pressures, with human travel and trade assisting the spread of pests and diseases. Climate change is likely to enhance the negative impacts of pests and diseases, which cause global declines and local extinctions. In this research we focus [...] Read more.
Forests worldwide are facing increasing pressures, with human travel and trade assisting the spread of pests and diseases. Climate change is likely to enhance the negative impacts of pests and diseases, which cause global declines and local extinctions. In this research we focus on three local and regional knowledge networks in the UK concerned with pests and diseases to explore to what extent the networks raise awareness and encourage other actions in their members, and identify what roles social capital and social learning play in these networks. A qualitative approach was undertaken. Three networks focused on pests and diseases were studied in the research, which involved 20 interviews with network members, and in situ discussions with two of the networks involving 41 members. Interviewees in the networks self-reported increased awareness and understanding of tree health issues as an important outcome of their participation in a network. The networks engaged in a range of actions, from knowledge exchange to developing guidance and running events, workshops and field trips. The role of the networks in supporting the development of social capital and social learning made an important contribution to the knowledge exchange and other actions undertaken, and highlights how networks can contribute to landscape-level action towards tree health. Stakeholders need to be included in responses to pest and disease threats, and networks can play an important role in raising awareness, knowledge exchange and linking up diverse land managers. This research provides evidence of the importance of networks in developing a collective approach, creating a stronger voice, aiding different organisations and individuals to work together, and providing an arena for social learning and developing useful relationships. A recognition of the importance of networks and the provision of some financial support could aid their continuation. Full article
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