Comparison of integrative nature conservation in forest policy in Europe: A qualitative pilot study of institutional determinants

Tobias Schulz, Frank Krumm, Winfried Bücking, Georg Frank, Daniel Kraus, Marcus Lier, Marco Lovric, Marieke Vander Maaten, Yoan Paillet, jari Parviainen, Giorgio Vacchiano, Kris Vandekerkhove

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    In this pilot study, we examine the relationship between the organisation of property rights and the economic importance of forestry on the one hand and the degree to which integrative nature conservation is formally implemented in forest policy on the other hand. Further, we are interested in whether political institutions moderate this relationship. We first offer a conceptualization of integrative nature conservation in forests and how to measure its implementation in law, ordinances and private agreements for a sample of European national and sub-national jurisdictions (Austria, Croatia, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Flanders, Baden-Württemberg and Piedmont). We subsequently try to assess the implementation of these rules and to relate them both to the structural characteristics of forestry and to an appraisal of pluralism in forest policy. Our qualitative analysis reveals that among the jurisdictions with a more centralized and corporatist forest policy, integrative nature conservation in forests tend to be less formally implemented the more corporatism dominates decision-making. It also confirms the expectation that among the more consensual jurisdictions with a strong forestry sector, rules tend to be less formally implemented. Further, the suspicion prevails that in the latter case, such rules are either complemented with exceptions for private forests or higher compensation. A more in-depth comparative examination is needed to further corroborate these findings.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalBiodiversity and Conservation
    Issue number14
    Pages (from-to)3425-3450
    Number of pages26
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Thematic list

    • Forest management

    EWI Biomedical sciences

    • B430-sylviculture

    Geographic list

    • Europe


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