Special Issue "Management Strategies for Forest Ecosystem Services"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2017).
The assessment, modelling and valuation of ecosystem services (ES) have gained a lot of interest during the last decade. Without any doubt, the ES concept is an asset when planning for the sustainable management of forests. It provides a framework for the systematic assessment of all possible services delivered by forests and this helps, among other assets, to more explicitly credit the multiple benefits that forests deliver to society. The concept also proposes a common language which is used across land uses and sectors, facilitating communication between stakeholders and with the wider public. Integrated approaches with other land uses are further encouraged due to the fact that the ES concept covers multiple scales, from local to global. However, there are also some risks when bringing the ES concept into the process of sustainable forest management planning. Valuation of ES may be very incomplete and pushes attention towards services which are readily quantified and monetised and/or to services for which (emerging) markets are available. Along the same lines, rigorous application of the ES concept challenges the evolved compromise of sustainable forest management where the participation of multiple stakeholders in decision-making is key, even when a quantification of the interests at hand is difficult. Hence, although promising, several conceptual and methodological challenges need to be overcome before the ES concept can be fully translated into practice. We encourage studies from all fields, including experimental studies, observational approaches and models, to contribute to this Special Issue in order to promote knowledge and insights on management strategies for sustainable forest ecosystem services.
Dr. Kris Verheyen
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- Ecosystem services
- Ecosystem functioning
- Forest multifunctionality
- Forest management planning
- Sustainable forest management