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The potential barriers to persistence and development of small scale coppice forest management in Europe

The potential barriers to persistence and development of small scale coppice forest management in Europe

Bartlett, Deborah, Zupanic, Miljenko, Laina, Ruben and Gomez Martin, Eulalia (2017) The potential barriers to persistence and development of small scale coppice forest management in Europe. In: IUFRO, 18 - 22 September 2017, Freiburgh, Germany. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper is based on original research into the factors influencing coppice management in seven countries carried out during the COST Action FP 1301 EuroCoppice: Innovative management and multifunctional utilization of traditional coppice forests – an answer to future ecological, economic and social challenges in the European forestry sector. This research revealed national contrasts with coppice highly valued, commercially and for ecosystem services, in some countries while there is a policy of conversion to high forest in others. While inventories of forest area are the norm the recording of coppice varies considerably; it is not always recorded separately from the overall resource. Not all policy documents mention coppice, although it is implicit in references to sustainable forest management. Factors influencing the persistence of coppice as a viable management practice and barriers to development are explored. The perspectives of different stakeholders, owners, workforce, and end users, are considered as well as supply chain and market factors. Potential interventions are evaluated to assess effectiveness in different legislative contexts. This enables an integrated perspective to be formulated on the future ecological, economic and social challenges for the European forest sector, with recommendations for future policy.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coppice; Policy development; Intervention; Ecosystem services
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Sciences
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2017 15:45
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17734

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