3.08.00 - Small-scale forestry



IUFRO International Conference on Small-Scale Forestry: Small-Scale Forestry and Modern Society

Tartu, Estonia; 22-26 August 2023

Topics of the Conference

  • New directions for forest and environmental legislation against the background of global climate change
  • Private forests and climate change: bioenergy production versus carbon sinks
  • Political, economic, and practical issues of carbon sequestration in small-scale and community forestry
  • Family and/or farm forestry
  • Knowledge and wisdom of traditional forest practices in rural areas
  • Roles and opportunities of forest owners' cooperatives
  • Operation of small-scale sawmills and processing plants
  • Promotion of non-timber forest products
  • Forests for the future: small-scale products and ecosystem services
  • Tourist and recreational use of forests
  • Impact of forest and environmental protection laws and regulations on small-scale forestry
  • Ecological and social restrictions imposed on small forest owners
  • Comparative studies of forest and land related legislation in different countries.

Important Dates

  • 10 January, 2023: First announcement and call for papers
  • 10 March, 2023: Deadline for abstract submitted of first call
  • 30 April, 2023: Notification of paper acceptance for first call
  • 1 May, 2023: Registration opens



  • 1 May, 2023: Second call for papers
  • 31 May, 2023: Deadline for abstracts submitted of second call


  • 31 May, 2023: Early bird registration closes
  • 15 June, 2023: Deadline for submitting abstract changes
  • 15 August, 2023: Registration closes
  • 22-24 August, 2023: Conference
  • 25-26 August, 2023: Post-conference excursion


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Christoph Hartebrodt, Germany


Brett Butler, United States

Teppo Hujala, Finland

Ryoko Ishizaki, Japan

Spela Pezdevsek Malovrh, Slovenia

About Unit

TOR Terms of reference

Forest operations technologies and systems for small-scale, nonindustrial forests. Links to location-specific problems of forests under fragmented owner-structure and/or special property rights arrangements (community allotments, common pool arrangements, etc.). Strong links to institutional arrangements (institutional economics, policy sciences).

The purpose of the IUFRO Unit 3.08.00 "Small-Scale Forestry" is

  • to exchange information on research problems, ongoing research efforts and research results related to the management of small-scale non-industrial private forest woodlots.

The history of the Unit started at the IUFRO XVIII World Congress in 1986 when a project group on "Small-Scale Forestry" was founded as a co-operative effort of the Divisions 3, 4 and 6. The main topics of the contributions presented at the meetings have dealt with economic and policy issues and also technical aspects of small-scale forestry.

The Unit is also publishing the Small-scale Forestry Journal which is now available in both electronic and print format from Springer.

State of Knowledge

  • HYTTINEN, P.  2004. Small-scale Forestry. In Encyclopedia of Forest Sciences, J. BURLEY, J. EVANS, and J. YOUNGQUIST, Editors. Elsevier Academic Press: Amsterdam, etc. p. 663-666.