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What is Climate-Smart Forestry? A definition from a multinational collaborative process focused on mountain regions of Europe

Euan Bowditch, Giovanni Santopuoli, Franz Binder, del Río, Miren, Nicola La Porta, Tatiana Kluvankova, Jerzy Lesinski, Renzo Motta, Maciej Pach, Pietro Panzacchi, Hans Pretzsch, Christian Temperli, Giustino Tonon, Melanie Smith, Violeta Velikova, Andrew Weatherall and Roberto Tognetti

Ecosystem Services, 2020, vol. 43, issue C

Abstract: Climate-Smart Forestry (CSF) is an emerging branch of sustainable forest management that aims to manage forests in response to climate change. Specific CSF strategies are viewed as a way forward for developing suitable management responses and enhancing the provision of ecosystem services. However, there is currently a lack of comprehensive and cohesive assessment to implement CSF. This paper describes the step-by-step process that developed a comprehensive and shared definition of CSF, and the process for selecting indicators that assess the “climate-smartness†of forest management. Adaptation, mitigation and social dimensions are the core focus of the CSF definition, which recognises the need to integrate and avoid development of these aspects in isolation. An iterative participatory process was used with a range of experts in forest-related fields from the CLIMO project, this was subsequently supported by a network analysis to identify sustainable forest management indicators important to CSF. The definition developed here, is an important first step in to promote CSF that will aid practice in the forestry sector. It can be used as a template across Europe, tailored to local contexts. Further work communicating CSF to practitioners and policy-makers will create a CSF practice and culture that will help to safeguard future forest economies and communities.

Keywords: Sustainable forest management; Adaptation; Mitigation; Social dimension; Bioeconomy; Indicator (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2020.101113

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