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FACESMAP (Forest Land Ownership Change in Europe: Significance for Management and Policy)

COST Action FP1201, European Science Foundation (2012-2016)

Forest ownership is changing across Europe. In some areas a growing number of so-called “new” forest owners hold only small parcels, have no agricultural or forestry knowledge and no capacities or interest to manage their forests, while in others new community and private owners are bringing fresh interest and new objectives to woodland management. This diversity and change creates implementation problems for forest-related policies including biodiversity conservation, timber and renewable energy supply, climate change mitigation, or recreation. The objectives of FACESMAP are: (i) to analyse attitudes and constraints of different forest owner types in Europe and the on-going changes, (ii) to explore innovative management approaches for new forest owner types, (iii) to study effective policy instruments with a comparative analysis approach and (iv) to draw conclusions and recommendations for forest-related policies, forest management practice, further education and future research. These objectives will be addressed by themes organized around three working groups (WGs): WG 1: Forest ownership types and motives, WG 2: New forest management approaches and WG 3: Forest owner related policies. 

Contact person: Gerhard Weiss

Implementing office: EFICEEC

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