Special Issue "Participatory Forestry: Involvement, Information and Science"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2018)
Dr. Alessandro Paletto
Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), Forestry and Wood Research Centre, p.za Nicolini 6, 38123 Trento, Italy
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Interests: public participation and stakeholders' involvement in forest planning and management; Biophysical assessment and economic evaluation of ecosystem services provided by forests
Public participation in forestry is a key issue to ensure democratization of decision-making processes, to increase the social acceptance of policies, and to reduce the conflicts between forest users. Public participation is also an opportunity for improvement of the quality of information, public debate, personal reflection and professionalization, awareness raising. Participation in forestry implies the involvement of stakeholders (interest group participation approach) and/or the involvement of people (direct citizen participation approach) in the decision-making process. Since the UN Conference on Environment and Development (1992), new norms and perspectives encouraging a bottom-up approach in forest governance. Consequently, several participatory techniques, methods and tools for stakeholder involvement in forest governance have been developed and applied. Different experiences are capable of learning from failures and successes and contribute to knowledge improvement. Future challenges of participatory forestry deal with adaptation to changes of ecological, social and economic contexts. The aim of this Special Issue is to promote the debate and the sharing of knowledge and experiences on public participation and stakeholders involvement in forestry (forest policy, forest planning and management). We encourage studies from all scientific fields, including case studies, to contribute to this Special Issue in order to promote advancement of scientific knowledge and awareness of information.Dr. Alessandro Paletto
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Forest Governance
- Participatory Process
- Social Forestry
- Stakeholder Analysis
- Stakeholders Involvement
- Collaborative Forest Planning
- Horizontal and Vertical Forest Policy Analysis
- Community Forest Management
- Deliberative Democracy
- Participatory Knowledge