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

Euan Bowditch , Giovanni Santopuoli , Franz Binder , Miren del Rio , Nicola La Porta , Tatiana Kluvankova , Jerzy Lesiński, prof. UR , R. Motta , Maciej Pach , Pietro Panzacchi , Hans Pretzsch , Christian Temperli , Giustino Tonon , Melanie Smith , Violeta Velikova , Andrew Weatherall , Roberto Tognetti


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.
Author Euan Bowditch - University of the Highlands and Islands
Euan Bowditch,,
, Giovanni Santopuoli
Giovanni Santopuoli,,
, Franz Binder
Franz Binder,,
, Miren del Rio
Miren del Rio,,
, Nicola La Porta
Nicola La Porta,,
, Tatiana Kluvankova
Tatiana Kluvankova,,
, Jerzy Lesiński, prof. UR (FoF / IoFB)
Jerzy Lesiński, prof. UR,,
- Institute of Forest Biodiversity
, R. Motta
R. Motta,,
, Maciej Pach (FoF / Department of Ecology and Forest Breeding)
Maciej Pach,,
- Department of Ecology and Forest Breeding
, Pietro Panzacchi
Pietro Panzacchi,,
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Journal seriesEcosystem Services, ISSN 2212-0416, (N/A 140 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.6
Article number101113
Keywords in EnglishSustainable forest management, Adaptation, Mitigation, Social dimension, Bioeconomy, Indicator
ASJC Classification1101 Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous); 3305 Geography, Planning and Development; 2303 Ecology; 2306 Global and Planetary Change; 2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law; 2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212041620300553?via%3Dihub
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)140
Score sourcejournalList
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