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Title: How much management is enough? Stakeholder views on forest management in fire-prone areas in central Portugal
Author: Valente, Sandra
Coelho, Celeste
Ribeiro, Cristina
Liniger, Hanspeter
Schwilch, Gudrun
Figueiredo, Elisabete
Bachmann, Felicitas
Keywords: Forest management
Forest fires
Forest owners
Forest stakeholders
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: With the increasing pressure to improve the contribution of forests to help dealing with global changes, it is critical to understand the different perceptions of those involved in the forest. How do forest owners, managers andmembers of local communitieswho often depend on the forest, value it and what are the problems affecting the forests in terms of being able to meet these new challenges? In Portugal, this task has taken on an even greater priority as more than 90% of the forest is private and forest management relies on the individual decisions of thousands of forest owners. To understand stakeholder views on forest and forest management, a transversal social perception survey was implemented in the form of a case study of central Portugal which included decision-makers, local technicians, forest owners and the general public. The results show that there is a consensus on the main issues affecting forests and forest management. A shift from classic forest owners to the emergence of indifferent forest owners was observed, although this shift has not been recognized by the forest owners in the survey, who maintain the individual management of their properties.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2015.01.003
ISSN: 1389-9341
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