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-Wu¨rttemberg 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
    Oorspronkelijke taalEngels
    TijdschriftBiodiversity and Conservation
    Pagina's (van-tot)3425-3450
    Aantal pagina’s26
    PublicatiestatusGepubliceerd - 2014

    Thematische lijst

    • Beheer van bos

    EWI Biomedische wetenschappen

    • B430-bosbouw

    Geografische lijst

    • Europa


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