9.05.04 - Forest policies in the Baltic and CEE regions



3rd International Forest Policy Meeting

online, hosted from Freiburg, Germany; 17-18 March 2021.
Units involved: 9.05.00, 9.05.04.

After Göttingen and Wageningen, IFPM3 was planned to be held in Copenhagen in March 2020. Due to Covid-19 this meeting needed to be cancelled.  As a replacement The University of Freiburg and Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy will to host IFPM3 ONLINE March 17-18 2021, due to the continuous risk of Covid-19.

This 3rd International Forest Policy Meeting (IFPM3) is planned as an online forum for discussion and exchange of ideas on to-date research in the area of forest policy. Traditional presentations about forest policy research will be complemented by the formats of 3-minutes-thesis presentations. The program will be completed by a key note presentation and different forms of online interaction. 

The purpose of the meeting is to facilitate networking and dialogue amongst forest policy interested researchers with a particular emphasis on creating a safe and nurturing atmosphere for junior researchers to present and discuss their work. For this reason, we welcome all forest policy interested scholars – and in particular junior scholars – to present their work and engage with each other in the online sessions and plenaries.  We welcome presentations on all topics of relevance to forest policy.

Deadlines for all submissions: 11 December 2020

Details: https://ifpm3.info/

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Mirjana Stevanov, Germany


Vilis Brukas, Sweden

Ekaterina Makrickiene, Lithuania

Jaroslav Salka, Slovakia

About Unit

The Unit 9.05.04 focuses on forest policy and governance in the Baltic & Central and Eastern European (CEE) region. Its goal is to consolidate the available and encourage the future research regarding actual issues related with this region.

Baltic region includes countries on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea - Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. In wider sense these countries also belong to the CEE region, together with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic and Slovenia. The common denominator in this region is the unprecedented transition from authoritarian regimes to democracies and from centrally planned to market economies that has been ongoing since 1990s. Yet, each of them went its own way. Today, some of them are parts of the European Union, others not, in some of them private forest owners are stronger than in others, process of restitution is at different stages, etc., which all creates a very exciting variety. The working party "Forest policies in the Baltic and CEE region" has this variety in focus, aiming to consolidate the available knowledge as well as to promote the emerging forest policy research in the region. It focuses on questions, such as: What are the key drivers behind policy stasis versus change? What are effective paths of institutional reforms? What can the (relatively) new democracies learn from each other or from the old democracies?

State of Knowledge

The current state of knowledge can be roughly grouped into:

(1) Country specific
It includes issues common for the region but having different country-specific emphasis. For example, the issue of National Forest Programs is actual in Czech Republic (Balest et al., 2017), Natura 2000 in Slovak Republic (Brescancin et al., 2017), forest owner associations in Estonia (Põllumäe et al., 2014-2016), strategic options for the state forests in Poland (Chudy et al., 2016), forest carbon and sustainable forest management alternatives in Ukraine (Egan et al., 2017; Keeton et al. 2015), or forest scenario modelling in Lithuania (Mozgeris et al., 2017).  

(2) Comparative studies
* between old and new democracies (e.g. Lithuania and Sweden –Brukas et al., 2015),
* among new democracies (e.g. state forest institutions of Balkan countries – Stevanov et al., 2018; energy wood production in Serbia and Croatia – Halder et al., 2014; restitution process in Slovak and Czech Republic - Jarsky et al., 2018; urban forests in SEE – Krajter-Ostoic et al., 2017; forest owner associations in CEE – Sarvasova et al., 2015),

(3) Overarching studies
encompassing either the whole country (e.g. A Narrative of the Lithuanian Forestry Transition -   Brukas, 2015) or part of the whole region (e.g. Multiple use forestry – Hoogstra-Klein et al., 2017).