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Special Issue "Sustainable Forest Management"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Robert Deal

USDA Forest Service, PNW Research Station,Portland, OR 97205, USA
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Phone: +1-(503)-808-2015
Interests: ecosystem services; sustainable forestry management; silviculture; multiple-use forestry; ecosystem services markets
Guest Editor
Dr. Richard Bergman

USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI 53726-2398,USA
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Phone: +1-(608)-231-9477
Interests: life-cycle analysis; eco-labels; green buildings; forest and forest products carbon; GHG mitigation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable forest management is the practice of meeting the needs and values of the present without compromising the similar capability of future generations. It implies a land stewardship ethic that integrates ecological, economic, and social considerations for forestry, including reforestation (managing, growing, nurturing, and harvesting of trees for useful products), conservation (soil, water, wildlife and fisheries habitat), aesthetics, and socioeconomic benefits to meet societal needs. This Special Issue on sustainable forest management (SFM) will include emerging issues for SFM such as forest certification and certified forest products, ecosystem services and markets, life cycle assessment of forest products, certified forestry systems, and economic contributions to sustainable forestry. In particular, this Issue will include papers that broadly focus on SFM at national to international scales, including ecosystem services and markets for carbon, water, wetlands, and recreation; life cycle assessment of forest products and mass timber structures; certified forest products from sustainably managed forests; forest certification and eco-labelling of forest products and wood structures; certified forestry systems in Asia, North America, Europe, and Oceania; and economic contributions of wood products to sustainable forestry and other related topics important for SFM.

Dr. Robert Deal
Dr. Richard Bergman
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • sustainable forest management
  • certified forest products
  • life cycle assessment
  • ecosystem services and markets
  • sustainable forestry
  • forest certification
  • eco-labelling of forest products
  • economic contributions of wood products

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Open AccessArticle Comparison of AHP and a Utility-Based Theory Method for Selected Vertical and Horizontal Forest Structure Indicators in the Sustainability Assessment of Forest Management in the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, Madrid Region
Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 4101; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10114101
Received: 18 September 2018 / Revised: 2 November 2018 / Accepted: 5 November 2018 / Published: 8 November 2018
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This paper compares two pairwise comparison methods, the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) and a utility theory based method (UTB method), for sustainability assessment in forest management at the local level. Six alternatives were ranked, corresponding to six different types of forest management in [...] Read more.
This paper compares two pairwise comparison methods, the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) and a utility theory based method (UTB method), for sustainability assessment in forest management at the local level. Six alternatives were ranked, corresponding to six different types of forest management in the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park in the Madrid Region in Spain. The methods were tested by postgraduate students enrolled in a “Decision Support Systems” course at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Three sustainability indicators were considered: structural diversity, timber yield, and amount of biomass. The utility theory based method was the first to be compared, which is implemented in the computer program SILVANET. For each pair of alternatives, the students were asked which one they considered to be more sustainable. In the case of the Analytic Hierarchy Process, the students compared the indicators and the alternatives for each indicator. The Spearman’s correlation coefficient indicated that there was no correlation between the rankings for most of the students. The results revealed that the convergence in opinion in the AHP method was higher than in the utility based method for a low number of participants, and distinguished the differences between the alternatives more accurately. However in the case of the UTB method, the participants considered sustainability as a whole and made a more context-based comparison. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Dynamic Decomposition of Factors Influencing the Export Growth of China’s Wood Forest Products
Sustainability 2018, 10(8), 2780; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082780
Received: 10 July 2018 / Revised: 31 July 2018 / Accepted: 4 August 2018 / Published: 6 August 2018
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Wood forest products (WFPs) are globally important environmental products, with economic, ecological, and renewable characteristics. China is the world’s largest WFP exporter. However, many factors, such as the downturn of traditional major export markets and the rise of the price of production factors, [...] Read more.
Wood forest products (WFPs) are globally important environmental products, with economic, ecological, and renewable characteristics. China is the world’s largest WFP exporter. However, many factors, such as the downturn of traditional major export markets and the rise of the price of production factors, have generated great challenges and uncertainties for China’s WFP export market. This study improves the product scope of WFPs. The category of WFPs has been expanded to 14 categories and 30 sub-categories, which is more detailed and more developed than in previous literature. Based on the United Nations’ Comtrade Database (COMTRADE), this paper uses the revised constant market share (CMS) model to measure and analyze empirically the factors affecting the export growth of China’s WFPs from the perspective of market, structure, and competitiveness. It is found that (1) the competitive effect exerts the biggest influence on export growth, followed by market size effects, with the effects of market distribution and product structure both being small; (2) wooden furniture, wooden products, plywood, paper, and its products play a main role in enhancing the competitive effect in China’s WFPs; and (3) China’s WFPs have a strong market competitiveness in other markets such as the USA, China Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Therefore, it is crucial for China’s WFP market to improve its product structure effects and market distribution effects in order for it to participate in international competition. On the other hand, considering that China’s exports of WFPs mainly consist of resource- and labor-intensive products, the improvement of standards such as the technology level, environmental protection and sustainable development, must not be ignored. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Understanding Sustainable Forest Management Certification in Slovakia: Forest Owners’ Perception of Expectations, Benefits and Problems
Sustainability 2018, 10(7), 2470; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072470
Received: 5 June 2018 / Revised: 5 July 2018 / Accepted: 13 July 2018 / Published: 14 July 2018
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Forest certification as a voluntary verification tool has been providing an independent assessment of sustainable forestry practices and thus confidence in sustainability benchmarks for over 20 years. Using either the international or national approaches and initiatives, two main forest certification systems, PEFC (Programme [...] Read more.
Forest certification as a voluntary verification tool has been providing an independent assessment of sustainable forestry practices and thus confidence in sustainability benchmarks for over 20 years. Using either the international or national approaches and initiatives, two main forest certification systems, PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), have spread in a number of countries worldwide. The specifics of local conditions in the forestry sector have to be taken into account when implementing the certification context in a given country or a region. Apart from the natural conditions, institutional structure, or legislative framework, it is also the local and national stakeholders and their perception of this issue that provides the background for the implementation of the certification criteria. The main objective of this study is to examine the general understanding of the certification concept as an environmental, economic, and social tool, and to determine the incentives of forest owners in Slovakia for sustainable forest management (SFM) certification. In addition, the benefits and problems arising from participation in certification were identified and differences reflecting the ownership structure of forests, size of forest area, and participation in a particular certification programme were analysed. Results indicate that certified forest owners, unlike non-certified, demonstrated a high level of understanding of the SFM certification concept. Certified entities mainly consider forest certification as their commitment to environmental responsibility and a tool for improving external company image, promoting sustainable utilisation of forest resources, and improving forest management practices. The main benefits are linked to the possibility to demonstrate forest management practices, a better understanding of the forest management concept, and improvement of forest management practices. PEFC users perceive more benefits following from certification; the most important are those associated with non-economic values, while FSC-certified forest owners perceive mainly economic benefits connected to market penetration, increased sales volume, and potential price premiums. The key problems associated with certification relate to duties to ensure compliance with certification criteria by contractors and administrative difficulties. Respondents reported minimum price premiums for the sale of their certified timber. Additionally, the findings of the study pointed out that a nationally developed certification system can better recognise the roles and objectives of forest certification in the context of forest policy. Full article
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