Call for Papers: New Paradigms in Forest Certification...

Small-scale Forestry is pleased to announce the launch of a new special issue on 'New Paradigms in Forest Certification for Ensuring the Sustainability of Wood and Non-Wood Products in Developed and Developing Countries'.

Guest Edited by: Dr. Puneet Dwivedi1
1 Associate Professor (Forest Sustainability), Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, United States

Abstract submission deadline: 18th December 2020

Please note the series is currently open for submissions of Abstracts only.

Introduction: Forest certification is lauded as an alternative to prescriptive governmental regulations and dwindling top-down finance for environmental conservation. In about 30 years of existence, forest certification has practically become synonymous with forest sustainability. A market-driven approach to managing human environmental behavior, forest certification has enjoyed phenomenal growth over time. This is reflected in the fact that certified forestlands are currently supplying a significant portion of the total roundwood consumed worldwide. However, most certified forestlands are located in western industrial countries mostly owned by governments, corporations, and large family forest landowners. Furthermore, forest certification impacts on people and forests are still not apparent, even after the three decades of existence. These drawbacks are fueling new ideas and approaches aiming to promote the active participation of small and medium forest landowners in forest certification by lowering the overall participation cost. These new paradigms focus not only on the sustainability of timber and timber-based products but also on the sustainability of various non-wood products. Emphasis is also on taking an integrated forest certification approach across the entire supply chain, starting from seedling production to the final consumption of timber and other non-wood products. Additionally, the existing forest certification standards are evolving to ensure their efficacy in ensuring the sustainability of forestry resources worldwide. The knowledge about new ideas and practices in the context of forest certification and their impacts on forests and people is unknown at this point.

Aims and Scope: This special issue of Small-Scale Forestry seeks to publish qualitative and quantitative articles focusing on forest certification and its impact on people, supply chain (timber and non-wood products), and ecosystem services from developed and developing countries.

Submission instructions: Please submit your abstract to Dr. Puneet Dwivedi via email by 18-Dec-20. You will receive feedback and a decision on whether your manuscript will be eligible to submit to the series by 15-Jan-21. Authors of accepted abstracts will then be invited to submit their full manuscript to this series (submission deadline of 15-Aug-21). Please note that acceptance of an abstract does not guarantee acceptance of the full manuscript in the series. Please include the following sections in the submitted abstract: 

  • Title
  • Authors (with Affiliations)
  • Corresponding Author (postal address (required), email (required), and phone number)
  • Main Text (~350 words)
  • Keywords (~5)
  • Relevance to the Special Issue (~100 words)
  • Conflict of Interest (if any)
  • Funding Support (if any)

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