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Forest, forestry and renawable forest resources

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Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
4.01.00  Biotechnical sciences  Forestry, wood and paper technology   

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

Code Science Field
4.01  Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences  Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 
Keywords
close-to-nature multifunctional forest management planning, forest ecology, silviculture, forest health, wildlife and hunting, dendrology and genetics, operations research, landscape ecology, growth and yield, organization and technology in forestry, forest policy and economics, forest engineering
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Researchers (43)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publications
1.  29881  Tomaž Adamič    Technician  2015 - 2019  32 
2.  10801  PhD Andrej Bončina  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  500 
3.  32095  PhD Dejan Bordjan  Biology  Technician  2019  342 
4.  28895  Danijel Borkovič    Technician  2015 - 2019  30 
5.  11958  PhD Robert Brus  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  721 
6.  11253  PhD Jurij Diaci  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Principal Researcher  2015 - 2019  698 
7.  27615  PhD Andrej Ficko  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  143 
8.  34320  PhD Gal Fidej  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  75 
9.  29426  PhD Dejan Firm  Biotechnical sciences  Technician  2015 - 2016  57 
10.  20691  PhD Petra Grošelj  Interdisciplinary research  Researcher  2015 - 2019  147 
11.  30165  PhD Tine Hauptman  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  198 
12.  06470  PhD David Hladnik  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  249 
13.  39953  PhD John Brooks Hopkins III    Technician  2017  20 
14.  26070  PhD Kristjan Jarni  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  95 
15.  39097  Jernej Javornik  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2016 - 2019  30 
16.  22515  PhD Klemen Jerina  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  437 
17.  02491  PhD Maja Jurc  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  564 
18.  20035  PhD Aleš Kadunc  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2016  149 
19.  32063  Petra Kajdiž  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2015 - 2016 
20.  28501  PhD Matija Klopčič  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2015 - 2019  153 
21.  27605  PhD Milan Kobal  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  338 
22.  12796  PhD Janez Krč  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  308 
23.  29816  PhD Miha Krofel  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  691 
24.  37794  Vasja Leban  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Technician  2015 - 2019  109 
25.  29335  PhD Matevž Mihelič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  96 
26.  27544  PhD Thomas Andrew Nagel  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2015 - 2019  213 
27.  35955  PhD Mojca Nastran  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2019  56 
28.  13256  Roman Pavlin  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Technician  2015 - 2019  86 
29.  25668  PhD Špela Pezdevšek Malovrh  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2015 - 2019  269 
30.  10973  PhD Janez Pirnat  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  200 
31.  22576  PhD Anton Poje  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  129 
32.  17768  Jure Pokorn    Technician  2015 - 2016 
33.  25666  PhD Aleš Poljanec  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  223 
34.  06473  PhD Igor Potočnik  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  264 
35.  29427  PhD Andreja Repe  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2015 - 2016  47 
36.  31210  MSc Helena Erika Rojc    Technician  2015 - 2019  16 
37.  24368  PhD Andrej Rozman  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  106 
38.  21043  PhD Dušan Roženbergar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  217 
39.  32898  PhD Tina Simončič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  82 
40.  17770  Alojzij Skvarča    Technician  2015 - 2019  27 
41.  10008  PhD Milan Šinko  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  122 
42.  53618  Tjaša Šmidovnik  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2019  16 
43.  07446  PhD Lidija Zadnik-Stirn  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2015 - 2019  589 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publications
1.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  64,298 
Abstract
Forests are the dominant landscape feature in Slovenia, a key renewable natural resource, and basis for the quality of life due to provision of ecosystem services. The attitude of Slovenes toward forests is changing, as is our need for forests. Consequently, the ecological and social functions of forests are gaining importance. Unlike most European countries with lower forest cover, Slovenia as a country poor in many natural resources still considers forest as an essential provider of renewable forest resources. Forest landscapes provide Slovenia with a rich yet largely unutilised resource for tourism and high quality water. Wood as an energy source and material is gaining importance. Forest production and processing are important job providers, especially in less populated border areas. The key challenge for the future development is to balance forest exploitation with conservation of ecological functions in a changing environment. Slovenia practises close-to-nature (CTN) forest management, which combines environmentally friendly forest production with tending of forest ecosystems and provision of ecosystem services. With appropriate support of forestry research CTN forestry may be developed to one of the comparative advantages of Slovenia within the EU.   The research program Forest, Forestry and Renewable Forest Resources (RP-FFRR) is focused on long-term basic research, which contributes to the fundamental knowledge of forest science and on resolving contemporary problems of forestry. Implementation of the RP-FFRR will help attain the goals set in the national strategic documents and international agreements (e.g. Kyoto Protocol, CBD, EU Forestry Strategy).   The research program FFRR focuses on the conservation of forests and solving pressing developmental problems of forestry in Slovenia. It is aimed at three groups of objectives:   a) Long-term studies of forest ecosystems for improvement of the multipurpose CTN forest management: Harmonizing intensified forest use and ecological functions. The goals include research in the fields of growth and yield, forest ecology, dendroecology, management planning and forest operations research. The research is grounded on databases from a network of permanent research plots and the Slovenian forestry information system.   b) Adaptation of the multi-use forest management to the changing environment (environmental pollution, climate change, land use change). The goals under b) include research on forest health, dendrology and forest genetics, forest zoology and hunting, mycology, and landscape ecology.   c) Development of measures for ensuring multi-purpose forest management with reference to increased forest use and introduction of new technologies. Emphasis is placed on methods of organization, economics, engineering and technology in forestry, ergonomics and forestry policy for improvement of private forest management, introduction of modern working processes and evaluation of GHG emissions in forestry.
Significance for science
The renewed program FFRR stands for strengthening of the leading role in Europe within long-term research in support of multipurpose close-to-nature (CTN) forest management. The principles of ecosystem management are based on research of forests in the USA, but best practices within forestry are rare. CTN forest management in the Alpine countries is close to the principles of the ecosystem management, but is at the same time based on a long tradition and numerous best practices. Scientific evidences of ecological, economic and social effectiveness of CTN management enable the transfer of knowledge from Slovenia and Alpine countries to the wider European region and the world and are an opportunity for the development of a sustainable global society.   Europe bound itself with a series of ministerial conferences to sustainable multipurpose forest management. However, many of the European countries do not have developed CTN forest management and enough reference objects. Many countries have neglected the scientific research work in support of CTN forestry. Slovenia has the tradition of CTN forest management, an extensive PRP network and above all a comprehensive research database. A changing environment and the increased use of forest resources are a developmental challenge. The elaboration of acceptable limits of forest use demands new interdisciplinary approach that the program FFRF develops. Research under a will contribute to the fundamental knowledge of the structure and function of natural forest ecosystems, which is very restricted. This is reflected in different views of the future forest management: models of segregation or integration of forest functions. Slovenia can with PRP in the objects of best practises contribute to the development of scientific methods for the controlling of the effectiveness of CTN forest management.   Research under b will contribute to the knowledge and development of scientific methods for usage of CTN forest management to mitigate climate changes and improve forest adaptation. The research of three-trophic relations tree/fungus/bark beetle and tree/mite/bark beetle focus will be on taxa with different pathogenic characteristics in relation to the host. The expected results will explain the influence of the researched species of bark beetles and their associative fungus/mite on the host. To determine the optimal structure of harvest, we will be the first to apply quantitative tools and principles of yield science to management of terrestrial wildlife species. Complex analysis of browsing impact factors and recruitment of regeneration will significantly expand the knowledge of forest regeneration ecology in Central Europe.   Some research goals under c (e.g. disturbance due to noise) are in the research view original also in the international view; as such experiences do not yet exist in forestry. For example, the group AHP method with interval matrices has not yet been tested in forest management.
Significance for the country
The implementation of the research program FFRR will have a direct influence on the improvement of the forest health in Slovenia (ecologically and economically adjusted strategies for forest protection and decrease of sanitary fellings), smaller forest management risks (adjustment of silviculture to climate change) and improvement of forest resources management (adaptive, participative planning). The increased use of forests, which will be adjusted to natural potential and implemented in an environmental friendly way, will contribute to the economic development of Slovenia, the opening of new work places and the development of rural regions. The development of verifiable and upgradeable standards for forest management will help to preserve natural heritage on the whole forest area of Slovenia and especially in the protected areas. With the support from research, it will be possible to upgrade close-to-nature (CTN) forest management with new technologies, so as to achieve better efficiency of forest use, management, working conditions and safety. Deviation from the CTN forest management can mean degradation of the environment and the segregation principle of forest roles can lead to economic instability in less populated, boarder and socially more sensitive rural environments.   The research program will also indirectly influence the development of the Slovene society. Natural forests and CTN management are Slovenia’s trade mark, which was especially exposed during the Slovene presidency of the EU and met with a clear affirmative response in the EU and international public. Numerous foreign scientists and academics that cooperate with the program group FFRR and visit the Slovene forests are a great promotion for the country and for the idea of sustainable development in general. International activity of the program group is important for the developing countries and the countries of SE Europe with exceptional natural values. The program group with internationally recognized professors and with several international projects is a great opportunity for knowledge exchange and the incorporation into the international division of labour. The introduced contact with foreign countries under the program group is particularly important for the education of workers, whom actively participating in the group as young researchers, assistants and researchers on international projects or as practitioners. The effectiveness of the public administration in Slovenia and the cooperation with the public is significantly influenced by the incorporation of the members of the research group in the work of government sectors, Slovenia Forest Service and non-governmental organizations. The development of forestry, ecology and biological engineering in Slovenia is very much influenced by the development of top-level staff, whom are taking over the leading positions in forestry and nature conservation, and also by annual conferences, seminars and workshops.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2015, interim report, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2015, interim report, final report
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