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Integrating nature conservation into forest-policy: an international comparison of policy-making at the sub-national level

 

Biodiversity conservation goals in European forests also require that nature conservation measures are integrated in forest managed for commodity production. However, an effective integration of nature protection into forest management is hampered not at least by the policy-making process and the science policy interface at the sub-national level. The main objective of present research proposal is thus to assess the potential effectiveness of policies concerning integrated nature protection in managed forests in selected sub-national administrative jurisdictions of countries with similar forest structures - Germany, Austria and Switzerland - and, by comparing within but also across those three countries, to identify to which degree and how these policies are dependent on different structures of actor constellations and science-policy interfaces.

 

Integration of Nature Conservation into Forest Policy at the Sub-National Level (INCFoP-sub)

 

Biodiversity conservation in European forests requires implementing nature conservation in the productive forest. To a certain degree, the effectivity of such measures is often decided in the the policy-making phase already. The project assesses the potential effectiveness of respective measures in countries with similar forest structures – Germany, Austria and Switzerland – and for selected sub-national jurisdictions (Cantons, Länder) and compares within, but also across those three countries, how policy formulation is dependent on different structures of actor constellations, the science-policy interface and the federalistic structure of forest and nature conservation policies.