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
Details:    https://www.mdpi.com/journal/land/special_issues/ecosystem_services_provision

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Jose G. Borges, Portugal


Eva-Maria Nordström, Sweden

Luiz Carlos Rodriguez, Brazil

Thomas Seifert, South Africa

About Unit

Unit 4.04.04 focuses on the development and application of new methods and tools for efficiently and effectively managing forests. An objective of this unit is to facilitate interaction, dissemination and exchange of new models, methods and technological innovations to address sustainable forest management scheduling through workshops, conferences, and publications.

State of Knowledge

Forests serve a multitude of functions and addressing so many different goals to satisfy the needs of forest owners, the forest industry, and society poses a considerable challenge for forest managers. Sustainable forest ecosystem management scheduling involves complex decision-making processes that cannot be addressed by empirical methods only, but requires advanced decision-support tools. Research and development in the past 30 years have enabled substantial changes in the practice of forest management. There is a wide experience of developing and applying management science approaches and computerized decision-support tools for sustainable forest management.

Key to further innovation and success of sustainable forest management scheduling is the development and dissemination of research that may target hot topics such as a) the architecture and implementation of decision support systems (DSS), b) the models and methods to support decision-making in DSS, c) the knowledge management techniques in DSS and d) the participatory processes to be supported by DSS.

This will be influential to innovation in several processes within sustainable forest management scheduling namely:  (1) operational, tactical and strategic forest management decision analysis, (2) assessment and analysis of forestry projects, (3) economic and environmental impact assessment of forestry projects and programs, (4) decision analysis as a forest policy tool, (5) participatory forest resources decision making and collaborative planning, (6) methodologies for regional and national forestland use planning and (7) the development of both undergraduate and graduate level forest resources management and economics courses.