4.05.04 - Forest-based value chains



Book of Extended Abstracts published

Managerial forest economics and accounting as a base for decision making in a changing world
Hamburg, Germany, 5-7 September 2022

In order to face the challenges of a changing world, forest owners, scientists, administrational staff and politicians on all levels must make informed choices on future forest management activities. Managerial economics and accounting are important analytical instruments for identifying and evaluating forest management action alternatives and to support knowledge-building and decision-making. Indeed, the interest for the evaluation of forest management options and forest functions strongly increased in the past decades. Against this background, the organizers of this Symposium aim to foster the scientific exchange on recent developments, research and best practices from managerial economics and accounting on regional, national and international level as a base for decision making in a changing world.

Book of Abstracts: https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/publications/proceedings-archive/40500-and-working-parties-hamburg22-abstracts.pdf

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Ljilijana Keca, Serbia

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The value added to supply processed timber or non-wood forest products and to provide tourism or green care services continues to attract more attention. The reason is not only to give rural areas an economic perspective. It also may be in response to regional or national policies, such as the EU Bio-Economy and Circular Economy program with the challenges of climate change. The cascade usage paradigm for material and energy use and the separation of high value from low value assortments to supply various wood-processing industries - a peculiarity of forestry - increases resource efficiency. Accordingly, this specific production system, coupled with multifunctional service provision, requires adaptive and innovative business models and the application of digital hub solutions to bundle interdisciplinary strengths, merge rural-urban competences, and develop innovative supply chains for new and emerging markets.

This Working Party focuses on calculation schemes to compute and compare value added, models to optimize the interrelations between the down-stream processing industries, business solutions to address the interests of profit-orientated actors and regional wellbeing, challenges to entering new and emerging markets, and market behavior models. These wide-ranging multi-method approaches introduce interesting views for enlightening the regional value added from an economic but also socio-cultural perspective. New models are required to capture the relevant production factors and outputs, along the value-added chain: from the supplied raw materials and the refined products, to the profit and taxes generated. Moreover, the contributions of providing insights into the competitiveness of regional and international value-added chains or the latent conflict between micro- economic interests and macro-economic benefits are also addressed.

This Working Party also explores the theory of value chain, with a focus on inter- and transdisciplinary approaches, emphasizing crosscutting themes and motivations for supplementing the "buyer-driven" and "producer-driven" modes of global commodity chains in forestry. Analyzed chains are concentrated on innovative and emerging products, address horizontal and vertical interlinkages of the down-stream wood processing industries and their intermediate suppliers, and illustrate their socio-cultural value for the region.  

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