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Small-scale Forestry

Small-scale Forestry

Editor-in-Chief: Brett J. Butler

ISSN: 1873-7617 (print version)
ISSN: 1873-7854 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11842

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IUFRO is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists. IUFRO promotes global cooperation in forest-related research and enhances the understanding of the ecological, economic and social aspects of forests and trees. It disseminates scientific knowledge to stakeholders and decision-makers and contributes to forest policy and on-the-ground forest management

IUFRO division 3.08.00 

The purpose of the IUFRO Unit 3.08.00 Small-Scale Forestry is to exchange information on research problems, ongoing research efforts and research results related to the management of small-scale non-industrial private forest woodlots.
Areas of interest include:
• Forest operations technologies and systems for small- scale, non-industrial forests
• Location-specific problems of forests under fragmented owner-structure and/or special property rights arrangements (community allotments, common pool arrangements, etc.)
• Strong links to institutional arrangements (institutional economics, policy sciences)

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    Emerging from discussions within IUFRO’s Small-scale Forestry group, Small-scale Forestry was originally published as Small-scale Forest Economics, Management and Policy in 2002, with a view to providing an international forum for publishing high quality, peer-reviewed papers on pure and applied research into small-scale forestry. Although of particular interest to the global research community, the journal is also relevant to both policy makers and forest managers.

    The scope of the journal is necessarily quite broad, given the range of issues relevant to small-scale forestry. These include the social, economic and technical dimensions of farm, family, non-industrial, agro- and community forestry. Papers are accepted on the basis that they relate specifically to forestry at this scale, and that they are based on high quality research using accepted quantitative and/or qualitative methodology.

    Empirical, theoretical, modeling, and methodological papers are all welcome. The following research areas are particularly relevant to the journal:

        • the role of small-scale forestry in rural development
        • financial modeling and decision support systems
        • enhancing return from non-wood products
        • social impacts of small-scale forestry
        • marketing, forest co-operatives and growers organizations
        • role and effectiveness of government support and subsidies
        • innovative research techniques
        • education and extension
        • certification
        • silvicultural, wood harvesting and processing techniques and technologies
        • impediments to small-scale forestry development
        • monitoring socio-economics
        • forest management behaviour and timber supply
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