The work of WG1 is related to Objective 1 of the action. The aim of WG1 is to give answers the following questions:
- In which way and how fast are forest ownership types changing in Europe?
- What goals do the different types of forest owners have for their forests?
- What attitudes and motivations do forest owners have regarding the management of their forest?
- What are the constraints, including ecological, technical, legal, social and economic factors?
- Literature review on: (i) the research approaches, theoretical concepts and typologies that are applied and (ii) existing empirical evidence.
- Compilation and analysis of data on changes in forest ownership in terms of structural pre-conditions for forest management (e.g. property rights, fragmentation, management capacities, integration in agriculture/forestry, role of forests for the owners’ livelihood) and respective trends.
- Compilation and analysis of data on changes in forest owners’ attitudes, interest, motives and their forest management practices across Europe.
- Meta-analysis of statistical empirical findings if data quality allows.
- Produce a map of ownership types distribution across Europe, including their attitudes and motivations, underlying legislation and property rights, and trends of change.
- Comparative analysis and synthesis information on the results and their implications for management practices and policy fields.
Deliverables (obj 1.)
Overview articles on research approaches, typologies and motives; a database, meta analysis and map of European forest ownership, property rights and forest owners’ attitudes towards their forests.
Dr. Gun Lidestav, Swedish University of Agricultural Science (gun.lidestav (at) slu.se)