How much management is enough? Stakeholder views on forest management in fire-prone areas in central Portugal

Valente, Sandra; Coelho, Celeste; Ribeiro, Cristina; Liniger, Hanspeter; Schwilch, Gudrun; Figueiredo, Elisabete; Bachmann, Felicitas (2015). How much management is enough? Stakeholder views on forest management in fire-prone areas in central Portugal. Forest policy and economics, 53, pp. 1-11. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.forpol.2015.01.003

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With the increasing pressure to improve the contribution of forests to help dealing with global changes, it is critical to understand the different perceptions of those involved in the forest. How do forest owners, managers and members of local communities who often depend on the forest, value it and what are the problems affecting the forests in terms of being able to meet these new challenges? In Portugal, this task has taken on an even greater priority as more than 90% of the forest is private and forest management relies on the individual decisions of thousands of forest owners. To understand stakeholder views on forest and forest management, a transversal social perception survey was implemented in the form of a case study of central Portugal which included decision-makers, local technicians, forest owners and the general public. The results show that there is a consensus on the main issues affecting forests and forest management. A shift from classic forest owners to the emergence of indifferent forest owners was observed, although this shift has not been recognized by the forest owners in the survey, who maintain the individual management of their properties.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Liniger, Hanspeter; Schwilch, Gudrun and Bachmann, Felicitas

ISSN:

1389-9341

Publisher:

Elsevier Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

10 Apr 2015 13:53

Last Modified:

22 Oct 2015 09:44

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.forpol.2015.01.003

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.66291

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/66291

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