Session 14

FOREST POLICIES AND INSTITUTIONS

Session Coordinators: Amerigo HOFMANN (Accademia Italiana di Scienze Forestali), Davide PETTENELLA (Università di Padova), Alessandra STEFANI (Ministero delle politiche agricole alimentari e forestali – MIPAAF)

The following main topics will be discussed in the session.

  • Objectives and tools of the forest sector policies: theories, methods and applications.
  • Analysis of institutional changes occurred at the different scale of institutions (international, national, regional and local) and of the instruments and experiences of coordination.
  • Bio-economy, circular economy, “green” economy: the role of the forestry sector and the interrelations among various sectors of political action.
  • Forest policy as a component of the Rural Development Policy: developments, planning process, commitments and payments, subjects involved.
  • Supply chain policies (related to wood industrial products, biomass, non-wood forest products); application of the “cascade” approach; responsible public procurement policies; commitments of businesses and local institutions.
  • Policies to support forest service provision: carbon storage in forests and in wood products, biodiversity protection and landscape management, tourism-recreation, educational, sporting, cultural and social inclusion (forest care) activities. Innovative tools for the enhancement of services: Payment systems for environmental services, e-commerce, standards, certification schemes and labelling.
  • Employment and business creation policies: technological and organizational innovations, cooperatives and associations, start-ups, incubators and accelerators, new management contracts and financing instruments (impact investments and crowdfunding).
  • Public involvement and stakeholders’ participation in decision-making processes: theories and experiences. Community forests: from collective properties to “bottom-up” management of forestry activities in rural and urban contexts.
  • Policies in the field of research, training, technical dissemination, the collection of statistical information and communication.
  • Forestry history: making memory to better understand the ongoing trends, problems and challanges.