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Indicators for monitoring the National forest programme and sustainable forest management in the Republic of Slovenia

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
4.01.01  Biotechnical sciences  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Forest - forestry 

Code Science Field
B430  Biomedical sciences  Sylviculture, forestry, forestry technology 

Code Science Field
4.01  Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences  Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 
Indicators of sustainable forest management, national forest program, participatory process, target/reference values, harmonization
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (14)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publications
1.  10801  PhD Andrej Bončina  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  500 
2.  14869  PhD Gregor Božič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  492 
3.  29092  PhD Maarten De Groot  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  606 
4.  27615  PhD Andrej Ficko  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  143 
5.  28537  PhD Anže Japelj  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  144 
6.  28501  PhD Matija Klopčič  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2016 - 2019  153 
7.  05093  PhD Marko Kovač  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Principal Researcher  2016 - 2019  351 
8.  15108  PhD Lado Kutnar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  768 
9.  29237  PhD Boštjan Mali  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  174 
10.  23448  PhD Nikica Ogris  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  1,087 
11.  19950  MSc Mitja Piškur  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2018  368 
12.  28590  PhD Mitja Skudnik  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  327 
13.  10008  PhD Milan Šinko  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  122 
14.  24343  PhD Marjana Westergren  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  384 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publications
1.  0404  Slovenian Forestry Institute  Ljubljana  5051673000  11,778 
2.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  64,118 
In Slovenia, the monitoring of sustainable forest management (SFM) and the process of a national forest programme (NFPs) are not carried out systematically and transparently. With the aim of establishing a common system of indicators for SFM and for the process of NFP. The project proposal encopmasses  5 tasks. The aim of the first task will be to study the differences between the indicators of SFM and the targets and indicators laid down in the resolution on the NFP. Within the second task a proposal of harmonized indicators for monitoing SFM and the implementation of NFP will be designed. Moreover, the list of harmonized indicators will be complemented by specific (national) indicators. The third task will encompass the design of methods for computing the target/reference values of indicators. In addition, the GAP analysis that will help uncover the discrepancies between the information needs and the available data will be carried out. The last task will tailor a proposal of the participatory process, under which the current resolution on the NFP will develop into the process of NFP.
Significance for science
Although Slovenian Forestry is a great proponent of sustainable forest management (SFM), which includes ecosystem management and multifunctional use of forestlands, it has difficulties with a transparent and systematic implementation of SFM and the process of national forest program. A harmonized and updated system of indicators, originating from the resoltion on NFP which will be the result of this project, and of the ongoing project V4-1421 (finished next year), will certainly contribute to a better and more transparent implementation of the NFP and SFM. At the same time the updated system will be a great challenge for the whole forest sector and for the country. Qualitative analysis of such data will be the basis for the creation of inter-sectoral policies and for the identification and monitoring of strategic objectives and measures, relevant for the development of forests, the environment and sustainable development of the society as a whole. The quality data will also contribute to the scientific excellence in Slovenia. With such data the scientific community will be able to participate in researches dealing with forest development, environmental changes, change dynamics and in modeling the scenarios of future development. Also important for Slovene society will be the launch of the process of NFP. Not only will it be an interesting project from the sociological point of view (study of coalitions, the effects of concensus on the objectives), the process will also be a driving force for meeting the objectives and for modernization of the profession.
Significance for the country
Reports from other countries on the state of forests and SFM suggest that the reports are considered important sources of information for the economy. The analysis of the state and the development of forests are an integral part of the European forest policy processes such as Forest Europe and cohesion policy (ERDF) both promoting a green economy. The system of indicators also fully supports the certification scheme, which has a direct influence on the economic efficiency of forestry (certified wood, the more potential for sales and a better price). Monitoring SFM and transparent reporting on the implementation of NFP will also help develop the profession and the domestic economy. Additionally, data on SFM may also act as early warning systems. In the case of deregulation of the forestry sector, reports on SFM and NFP will be sources of economic policy and will assist in preparing conditions for entrepreneurial niches in the areas of forestry (forest management support buros), wood industry, ecotourism, ecosystem services, marketing, etc. It is a realistic expectation that the implementation of NFP will increase the efficiency of Slovenian forestry as a whole (increased realization of forest plans, etc.).
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