Sustainable Forest Management in Portugal: transition from global policies to local participatory strategies

S. Valente, C. Coelho, C. Ribeiro, G., Marsh

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This paper investigates how sustainable forest management is addressed within the legal tools and the institutional framework in Portugal, and proposes a methodology for enhancing stakeholder participation in forest management. Portuguese forest policy is dealt with at the national level, incorporating the international and European guidelines. Based on a review of relevant policy documents and legislation, three key-principles towards sustainability were identified according to the national context: the prevention and mitigation of forest resources threats; the enhancement of the full value of forests; and the promotion of stakeholder participation in forest policy-making. The analysis demonstrated that most of the principles coming from the supra-national agenda are already included in the national forest policy. Nevertheless, stakeholder participation in forest policy-making in Portugal has been very limited. This is reflected in a poor implementation of forest policies, leading to the need for developing innovative participatory methodologies able to promote collaboration among all relevant stakeholders
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)368-383
JournalInternational Forestry Review,
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015

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Keywords

  • FOREST POLICIES
  • MULTIFUNCTIONALITY OF THE FOREST
  • STAKEHOLDER PARTICIPATION
  • STAKEHOLDERS
  • SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT

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Sustainable Forest Management in Portugal: transition from global policies to local participatory strategies. / Valente, S.; Coelho, C.; Ribeiro, C.; Marsh, G.,.

In: International Forestry Review, Vol. 17, No. 3, 09.2015, p. 368-383.

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Valente, S. ; Coelho, C. ; Ribeiro, C. ; Marsh, G.,. / Sustainable Forest Management in Portugal: transition from global policies to local participatory strategies. In: International Forestry Review,. 2015 ; Vol. 17, No. 3. pp. 368-383.
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