How private are Europe’s private forests?

A comparative property rights analysis

Liviu Nichiforel (Corresponding Author), Kevin Keary, Philippe Deuffic, Weiss Gerhard , Bo Jellesmark Thorsen, Georg Winkel, Mersudin Avdibegovic, Zuzana Dobsinska, Diana Marisa Silva Feliciano, Paola Gatto, Elena Gorriz Mifsud, Marjanke Hoogstra-Klein, Michal Hrib, Teppo Hujalao, Laszlo Jager, Vilem Jarsky, Krzysztof Jodlowski, Anna Lawrence, Diana Lukmine, Špela Pezdevšek Malovrh & 19 others Jelena Nedeljković, Dragan Nonić, Silvija Krajter Ostoić, Klaus Pukall, Jacques Rondeux, Theano Samara, Zuzana Sarvasova, Ramona Scriban, Rita Silingiene, Milan Sinko, Makedonka Stojanovska, Vladimir Stojanovski, Nickola Stoyanov, Meelis Teder, Birger Vennesland, Lelde Vilkriste, Erik Wilhelmsson, Jerylee Wilkes-Allemann, Laura Bouriaud

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Private forests are widespread in Europe providing a range of ecosystem services of significant value to society, and there are calls for novel policies to enhance their provision and to face the challenges of environmental changes. Such policies need to acknowledge the importance of private forests, and importantly they need to be based on a deep understanding of how property rights held by private forest owners vary across Europe. We collected and analysed data on the content of property rights based on formal legal requirements existing in 31 European jurisdictions. To allow a comparison across jurisdictions, we constructed an original Property Rights Index for Forestry encompassing five rights domains (access, withdrawal, management, exclusion and alienation). We documented substantial variation of the private forest owners’ rights, and notably to i) make decisions in operational management and the formulation of management goals, ii) withdraw timber resources from their forest, and iii) exclude others from the use of forest resources. We identified broad relations between the scope for decision making of private forest owners and jurisdictions’ former socio-political background and geographical distribution. The variation in the content of property rights has implications for the implementation of international environmental policies, and stresses the need for tailored policy instruments, when addressing European society’s rural development, the bioeconomy, climate change mitigation measures and nature protection strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-552
Number of pages18
JournalLand Use Policy
Volume76
Early online date6 Mar 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

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Nichiforel, L., Keary, K., Deuffic, P., Gerhard , W., Thorsen, B. J., Winkel, G., ... Bouriaud, L. (2018). How private are Europe’s private forests? A comparative property rights analysis. Land Use Policy, 76, 535-552. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.02.034

How private are Europe’s private forests? A comparative property rights analysis. / Nichiforel, Liviu (Corresponding Author); Keary, Kevin ; Deuffic, Philippe; Gerhard , Weiss; Thorsen, Bo Jellesmark ; Winkel, Georg ; Avdibegovic, Mersudin ; Dobsinska, Zuzana; Feliciano, Diana Marisa Silva; Gatto, Paola ; Mifsud, Elena Gorriz ; Hoogstra-Klein, Marjanke ; Hrib, Michal ; Hujalao, Teppo ; Jager, Laszlo ; Jarsky, Vilem; Jodlowski, Krzysztof ; Lawrence, Anna; Lukmine, Diana ; Malovrh, Špela Pezdevšek ; Nedeljković, Jelena ; Nonić, Dragan ; Ostoić, Silvija Krajter ; Pukall, Klaus ; Rondeux, Jacques ; Samara, Theano ; Sarvasova, Zuzana; Scriban, Ramona ; Silingiene, Rita ; Sinko, Milan ; Stojanovska, Makedonka ; Stojanovski, Vladimir ; Stoyanov, Nickola ; Teder, Meelis ; Vennesland, Birger ; Vilkriste, Lelde ; Wilhelmsson, Erik ; Wilkes-Allemann, Jerylee ; Bouriaud, Laura.

In: Land Use Policy, Vol. 76, 07.2018, p. 535-552.

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Nichiforel, L, Keary, K, Deuffic, P, Gerhard , W, Thorsen, BJ, Winkel, G, Avdibegovic, M, Dobsinska, Z, Feliciano, DMS, Gatto, P, Mifsud, EG, Hoogstra-Klein, M, Hrib, M, Hujalao, T, Jager, L, Jarsky, V, Jodlowski, K, Lawrence, A, Lukmine, D, Malovrh, ŠP, Nedeljković, J, Nonić, D, Ostoić, SK, Pukall, K, Rondeux, J, Samara, T, Sarvasova, Z, Scriban, R, Silingiene, R, Sinko, M, Stojanovska, M, Stojanovski, V, Stoyanov, N, Teder, M, Vennesland, B, Vilkriste, L, Wilhelmsson, E, Wilkes-Allemann, J & Bouriaud, L 2018, 'How private are Europe’s private forests? A comparative property rights analysis', Land Use Policy, vol. 76, pp. 535-552. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.02.034
Nichiforel L, Keary K, Deuffic P, Gerhard W, Thorsen BJ, Winkel G et al. How private are Europe’s private forests? A comparative property rights analysis. Land Use Policy. 2018 Jul;76:535-552. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.02.034
Nichiforel, Liviu ; Keary, Kevin ; Deuffic, Philippe ; Gerhard , Weiss ; Thorsen, Bo Jellesmark ; Winkel, Georg ; Avdibegovic, Mersudin ; Dobsinska, Zuzana ; Feliciano, Diana Marisa Silva ; Gatto, Paola ; Mifsud, Elena Gorriz ; Hoogstra-Klein, Marjanke ; Hrib, Michal ; Hujalao, Teppo ; Jager, Laszlo ; Jarsky, Vilem ; Jodlowski, Krzysztof ; Lawrence, Anna ; Lukmine, Diana ; Malovrh, Špela Pezdevšek ; Nedeljković, Jelena ; Nonić, Dragan ; Ostoić, Silvija Krajter ; Pukall, Klaus ; Rondeux, Jacques ; Samara, Theano ; Sarvasova, Zuzana ; Scriban, Ramona ; Silingiene, Rita ; Sinko, Milan ; Stojanovska, Makedonka ; Stojanovski, Vladimir ; Stoyanov, Nickola ; Teder, Meelis ; Vennesland, Birger ; Vilkriste, Lelde ; Wilhelmsson, Erik ; Wilkes-Allemann, Jerylee ; Bouriaud, Laura. / How private are Europe’s private forests? A comparative property rights analysis. In: Land Use Policy. 2018 ; Vol. 76. pp. 535-552.
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