4.04.04 - Sustainable forest management scheduling
Special Issue of Land: Call for Manuscript Submission
Special Issue: "Decision Support Systems (DSS) for the Analysis of Pathways that Optimize Ecosystem Services Provision"
Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of Land.
Forests provide a wide range of products and services, but among the most urgent demands put on forest ecosystems is contributing to climate mitigation, which is why forests are given an important function for achieving climate objectives in the Paris agreement. Other initiatives, such as the EU Green Deal process, emphasize the efficient use of natural resources by moving to a circular economy and restoring biodiversity, among others.
People benefit from forest ecosystem goods and services such as nutrition and access to clean air and water, all of which affect human wellbeing. The sustained provision of these services and the aspirations on forests are therefore hotly debated among scientists as well as among other interested parties. The task of balancing the many demands on forests places policy makers and forest owners in need of reliable, valid, and comprehensive decision support systems (DSS) for the analysis of forest management strategies. In particular, there is a necessity for DSSs that support the development of long-term strategies for landscapes and regions where the complex interdependence of different ecosystem services and other values is accounted for.
The objectives of this Special Issue are to gather knowledge of the current state of the art of forest decision support technologies and methods to identify new directions of DSS development. This Special Issue has the support of the MSCA-RISE-2020 project DecisionES—Decision Support for the Supply of Ecosystem Services under Global Change
(https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101007950) and the ERA-NET Cofund ForestValue project NOBEL—Novel business models and mechanisms for the sustainable supply of and payment for forest ecosystem services
(https://nobel.boku.ac.at/) and may contribute to a more complete list of system descriptions on the ForestDSS CoP repository (http://www.forestdss.org/CoP/).
This Special Issue is sponsored by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Unit 4.04.04—Sustainable Forest Management Scheduling.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021
Guest editors: Ljusk Ola Eriksson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; José G. Borges, University of Lisbon; Harald Vacik, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
Special issue of Forests: Call for Manuscript Submissions
Special Issue "Non-Wood Forest Products Management: Inventory, Planning, Governance, Marketing and Trade"
Forest ecosystems provide various benefits to society in the form of ecosystem services. Non-wood forest products or wild products (NWFPs) (forest fruits, mushrooms, cork, pine kernels, acorns, medicinal herbs, essential oils, chestnuts, etc.) are cross-categorical ecosystem services that have recently received substantial attention from researchers and practitioners. They have been used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food, in local medicines, and in other products supporting health and livelihoods. Many research works have been devoted to the study of various aspects of NWFPs, mainly to contribute to the creation of jobs, socio-economic opportunities, and the competitiveness of rural economies, while mitigating climate change effects, addressing soil conservation concerns, and providing effective responses to address the need for carbon-neutral energy. There are a myriad of opportunities to unlock the full potential of NWFPs, such as creating new knowledge and tools to optimize the sustainable provision and profitability of NWFPs, fostering the development of market conditions for NWFPs, and developing economic and governance strategies for the better management of wild forest products—particularly in low-income countries. Thus, we encourage research endeavors involving the development of models, methods, processes, and decision support tools to address the inventory, planning, harvesting, governance, certification, marketing, and trade of NWFPs to contribute to this Special Issue. This initiative will also contribute to the NWFP knowledge base and to the strengthening of research strategies to support the full encapsulation of NWFPs in the framework of the sustainable management of forest ecosystems. This Special Issue is developed in collaboration with the 19th Symposium on Systems Analysis in Forest Resources (SSAFR 2021), and it is sponsored by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO Units 4.04.04—Sustainable Forest Management Scheduling and 5.11-Non-Wood Forest Products as well as the IUFRO Task Force on Unlocking the Bioeconomy and Non-Timber Forest Products). Papers submitted for publication in this Special Issue will undergo a rigorous peer-review process with the aim of prompt and wide dissemination of research results and applications.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.
More information at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/forests/special_issues/nonwood_forest_products
Special issue of Forests: Call for Manuscript Submissions
Spatial Decision Support for Forest Management and Policy Formulation
Dr. Keith M Reynolds, USDA Forest Service Research, Pacific Northwest Research Station, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Paul F Hessburg, USDA Forest Service Research, Pacific Northwest Research Station, email@example.com
Prof. Jose Borges, University of Lisbon, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Harald Vacik, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Institute of Silviculture, email@example.com
Aims and scope
Decision support systems for forest management have been steadily evolving since about 1980 in response to growing demand from forest managers for sophisticated analytical systems that can address the complexities of contemporary forest management issues such as adaptive management in the context of concerns for managing for forest ecosystem sustainability, integrity, and resilience while ensuring the provision of ecosystem services. In this same time frame, there has also been a steady shift in emphasis from stand-level to landscape-level decision support systems, in part driven by improved ecological understanding of, and appreciation for, the need to account for patterns and processes in forest management and planning.
Accordingly, the Editors of Forests have commissioned a 2021 special issue on spatial decision support systems and their application to state-of-the-art landscape solutions for forest management and policy formulation. In this initial call, manuscript proposals are invited on original research and review articles addressing:
- Contemporary, state-of-the art systems and their application, emphasizing spatial decision support for either forest management or policy formulation.
- Forward-looking (and perhaps more speculative) articles on how to advance spatial decision support technologies for forest management and policy formulation beyond the current state of the art.
Spatial decision support technologies have evolved on numerous pathways, including
- and linear programming systems,
- as well as combinations of these and other technologies,
so articles addressing any of these areas are welcome.
Articles addressing complex spatial decision support topics, such as support for
- adaptive forest management,
- forest ecosystem sustainability,
- forest ecosystem integrity,
- forest ecosystem resilience,
- managing for pattern and process, and
- provision of ecosystem services
are especially encouraged.
This special issue is sponsored by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, research group 4.03: Uncertainty Analysis, Computational Ecology, and Decision Support, and research group 4.04.04, Sustainable Forest Management Scheduling.
Call for Manuscripts - Wildfire Management and Decision Support
The severity of forest fires has increased substantially worldwide. This severity is prone to increase as a consequence of global change, e.g. climate and socioeconomic change. This suggests the need for the development of a coherent wildfire risk management strategy. This poses a challenge to forest researchers and managers as this strategy calls for methods and tools to help integrate forest and fire management planning activities that are often carried out independently of each other.
This Research Topic aims to bring together multidisciplinary expertise on wildfire management and forest ecosystem management to report state-of-the-art research that may help address this challenge. In this context, the Research Topic will focus on decision methods and tools that may support a) the characterization of wildfire regimes, b) the understanding of extreme wildfire events, c) the assessment of impacts of wildfire risk on the provision of ecosystem services, d) the enhancement of wildfire prevention, wildfire suppression, and post-fire restoration processes and e) the effectiveness of wildfire risk management strategies.
Deadlines for submission:
- Abstracts: 29 January 2021
- Manuscripts: 31 May 2021
19th Symposium on Systems Analysis in Forest Resources (SSAFR 2021)
Estes Park, Colorado, USA; 8-11 August 2021
Since 1975, SSAFR has been the premier international forum for operations researchers, systems analysts and management scientists studying forestry, natural resources management and environmental problems. SSAFR is a true international community. We welcome speakers and attendants of diverse academic and cultural backgrounds.
SSAFR 2021 encourages scientists, managers and industry participants around the globe to submit papers that promote systems analysis, decision science and quantitative analysis in forestry and natural resources management. In addition, SSAFR 2021 also seeks for the innovative research and applications of data science and machine learning to address forest and natural resource management problems.