Special Issue "Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Certification"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2017).
Interests: forest resource policy; timber production and harvesting economics; forest certification; sustainable forest management
Forest certification is one of the best-known voluntary environmental programs designed to demonstrate corporate social responsibility. Forest certification has been termed a non-state market-driven governance mechanism, or as co-governance among private sector, nongovernment organizations, and government stakeholders. About 466 million hectares (ha), or about 11% of the world’s 3.9 billion ha of forests, were certified by 2016 under one of the two major systems of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). While forest certification has become well established, scientific questions regarding its empirical impacts and effectiveness remain. Has forest certification improved forest management on the ground, improved social forestry processes, or enhanced economic returns compared to noncertified forests? These questions regarding the impacts of forest certification have been examined mostly through opinion surveys and secondary data such as summaries of audit reports, as well as some new mixtures of inventory data and surveys. Few field studies have been conducted, and even those have small samples, with little or no scientific matching of certification properties versus similar counterfactuals of non-certified properties. This Special Issue will focus on research that demonstrates how professionals, certified forest land managers, and scientists can identify, measure, practice, implement, and evaluate whether forest certification is enhancing forest sustainability. Research articles should focus on measuring and evaluating the impacts of forest certification on sustainable forestry through better ecological, social, or economic processes.
Prof. Fred Cubbage
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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 certification
- Program evaluation
- Forest management impacts
- Voluntary environmental programs
- Corporate social responsibility