Forest ownership changes in Europe: trends, issues and needs for action

7 – 8 September, 2016, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

The conference aims to tackle the issue of changing forest ownership broadly, by including trends and problems, drivers of change, implications for forest management and policy, and possible recommendations. It aims to answer the following questions:

  • How are forest owner types in Europe changing? Which new forest owner types are emerging and how can they be described?
  • How can these changes be explained? What are the relevant economic, social, cultural or political drivers behind such changes? What are the forest owners’ attitudes towards their forests and motivations for forest management?
  • What are innovative management approaches for new and emerging forest owner types? How may forest management and the organisation of the forest sector be changing in view of changing forest ownership structures?
  • Which policies address the development of forest ownership patterns and with what outcome? What policy instruments are effective in reaching different forest owner types?
  • What are the broader implications of changing forest ownership for gender relations, entrepreneurship, rural development, and for diverse European policy goals such as biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, recreational services and public health, raw material supply for industries, and others?
  • What conclusions and recommendations can be drawn for forest-related policies, forest management practice, further education and future research?
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07/09/2016 - 08/09/2016

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