Forestry in the Face of Global Change: Results of a Global Survey of Professionals
Forests support most global terrestrial biodiversity and contribute to the livelihood of billions of people, but these and other benefits are in jeopardy due to global change. This leads to questions, such as how to address the challenges of global change in forest management, given the lack of knowledge and deep uncertainty about future developments. In addition, many of the impediments to implement adaptation strategies are unknown.
This publication presents an overview of results from a global survey of 754 forestry professionals (370 researchers and educators, 227 practicing foresters, 37 policy makers, 64 administrators, and 56 with other or unspecified roles) from 61 countries across 6 continents who were interested in global change issues. These professionals were asked about their opinion regarding three different adaptation strategies: resist, adapt, and transform. Most respondents agreed that the majority of global change factors will negatively influence the ability of forests to provide desired ecosystem services. Similarly, they agreed about major challenges when implementing adaptation strategies, and specifically whether our current knowledge base is sufficient. These concerns were not limited to ecological aspects, but respondents also highlighted the need for a better appreciation of social/political and economic barriers, especially regarding transformation strategies. In addition, the response patterns, including differences due to economic status, highlight the importance of developing and evaluating adaptation strategies in a local social–ecological context.
Authors: Austin Himes · Jürgen Bauhus · Shankar Adhikari · Saroj Kanta Barik · Hugh Brown · Andreas Brunner · Philip J. Burton · Lluís Coll · Anthony W. D’Amato · Jurij Diaci · Yonten Dorji · Ernest G. Foli · David J. Ganz · Jefferson S. Hall · Rodney Keenan · Yuanchang Lu · Christian Messier · Ian Munanura · Daniel Piotto · Thomas Seifert · Douglas Sheil · Ekaterina Shorohova · Kibruyesfa Sisay · Daniel Soto · Hiroshi Tanaka · Peter Umunay · Alejandro Velázquez‑Martínez · Klaus J. Puettmann
Details at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40725-023-00205-1
Urban forests: a global perspective
Urban forestry is not a one-size-fits-all solution; each city and region, with its own unique set of challenges and opportunities, requires tailored strategies. In recognition of the diversity and distinctiveness of urban forestry issues and their potential for mitigating environmental and socioeconomic inequality across the globe, FAO has asked experts around the world to share their views on how urban forests and trees are perceived and managed in their respective geographical areas, bringing together a broad range of regional perspectives. The primary goal of this publication is to provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of urban forestry worldwide. By showcasing the regional perspectives, insights, experiences and case studies in urban and peri-urban forestry (UPF), we hope to inspire individuals, communities and policymakers to reimagine their relationships with urban green spaces.
Details: Borelli, S., Conigliaro, M., Di Cagno, F. 2023. Urban forests: a global perspective. Rome.
New study sets out 9 recommendations to help implement the EU Forest Strategy
A unique EFI science-policy study assesses how national and regional policies meet the goals of the EU Forest Strategy and presents nine policy recommendations to aid the Strategy’s implementation. A team of 16 authors has analysed policies in 15 countries in and outside the EU, as well as three regions in Spain and looked at the patterns which emerged.
Pecurul-Botines, M., Secco, L., Bouriaud, L., Giurca, A., Brockhaus, M., Brukas, V., Hoogstra-Klein, M.A., Konczal, A., Marcinekova, L., Niedzialkowski, K., Øistad , K., Pezdevšek Malovrh, Š., Pietarinen, N., Roux, J-L., Wolfslehner, B., Winkel, G. 2023. Meeting the European Union’s Forest Strategy goals: A comparative European assessment. From Science to Policy 15. European Forest Institute.
Download from: https://doi.org/10.36333/fs15
National report on sustainable forests, 2020 - US Forest Service Research and Development
This National Report on Sustainable Forests (NRSF) presents a comprehensive assessment of sustainability conditions and trends in forests of the United States. It is produced in response to the United States' political and institutional commitment to measure, monitor, and report on forest sustainability at national and subnational levels using the Montréal Process Criteria and Indicators (C&I) for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests (Robertson et al. 2011).
Authors: Kathleen McGinley, Lara Murray, Guy Robertson, Eric M. White - U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Washington Office
The importance of forests and new challenges for science in the context of military operations. Scientific articles in the field of forestry and tree science
Forests are essential for ensuring the ecological balance and viability of the planet. In today's environment, where we are constantly facing complex environmental challenges, wars, disasters and climate change, the study and conservation of the forest ecosystem is a priority.
The Ukrainian Journal of Forest and Wood Science (https://forestscience.com.ua/en) promotes the dissemination of knowledge in this field. It is a peer-reviewed open access journal that publishes original scientific and review articles.
Scientific research in the field of forestry and tree science helps to understand the causes of problems and find effective methods to solve them.
Publish your research papers in the Ukrainian Journal of Forest and Wood Science (https://forestscience.com.ua/en/submission).
SUPERB’s Policy recommendations for the EU Nature restoration Law
The SUPERB project aims at large scale forest restoration in Europe, combining scientific and practical knowledge to drive actionable outcomes. In a recent policy brief, some of SUPERB's high-level scientists developed recommendations for changes to the proposed EU Nature Restoration law based on the concepts underpinning our approach to forest restoration. These recommendations prioritize forward-looking restoration strategies by emphasizing ecosystem self-organization and climate change adaptation rather than aiming to restore our forests to past historical states.
Responding to Environmental Issues Through Adaptive Collaborative Management: From Forest Communities to Global Actors
Responding to Environmental Issues Through Adaptive Collaborative Management: From Forest Communities to Global Actors has just come out (2023) and is open access. Co-edited by anthropologist Carol J. Pierce Colfer and forester Ravi Prabhu, it compiles the writings of a total of 45 authors, most of whom hail from developing countries. It is the second in a series – the other being Adaptive Collaborative Management of Forest Landscapes: Villagers, Bureaucrats and Civil Society (2022, also open access, see below). The genesis of these books involved a query to those partners who had participated in ACM's early days (2000s). What had they learned about ACM in the two intervening decades?
This second book, which focuses on three islands in Indonesia (Sumatra, Sulawesi and Java) and five countries in sub-Saharan Africa (Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe), includes three revisits to former ACM research sites from the early 2000s to assess what has endured and what has fallen away; new methods that build on the ACM approach; a thought experiment on how to scale up more effectively; and some ideas on how to support and encourage a 'culture of care', in our efforts to address environmental issues and those of the human beings who inhabit forested areas particularly.
Editors: Carol J. Pierce Colfer and Ravi Prabhu
Adaptive Collaborative Management in Forest Landscapes
Many forest management proposals are based on top-down strategies, such as the Million Tree Initiatives, Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) and REDD+, often neglecting local communities. In the context of the climate crisis, it is imperative that local peoples and communities are an integral part of all decisions relating to resource management. This volume examines the value of Adaptive Collaborative Management for facilitating learning and collaboration with local communities and beyond, utilising detailed studies of forest landscapes and communities.
Editors: Carol J. Pierce Colfer, Ravi Prabhu and Anne M. Larson
Status Quo Report: Supporting the recovery and sustainable management of Ukrainian forests and its forest sector
This report presents the overall situation and main recent achievements in the Ukrainian forest sector before the war and provides a general overview of the current situation including major war consequences for the sector and the environment in Ukraine. It shows the difficulties to be expected for the recovery process of the Ukrainian forest sector. The report has been prepared by the Liaison Unit Bonn of Forest Europe and will be presented for information and further discussion at the first workshop of the newly established FOREST EUROPE Ukraine support.
Authors: Liubov Poliakova and Silvia Abruscato, FOREST EUROPE - Liaison Unit Bonn, Rapid Response Mechanism - Emerging Issues