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The IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress – Division 4 "Forest Assessment, Modelling and Management”; Working Group 4.05.00

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Prof. Donald Hodges, University of Tennessee, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, USA
Prof. Donald Grebner, Mississippi State University, College of Forest Resources, USA
Prof. Ludek Sisak, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech Republic
Mariana Melnykovych, Institute of Ecological Economics and Management, Ukrainian National Forestry University, Ukraine


IUFRO’s 125th Anniversary Congress aimed to provide a platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge and a dialogue across the full range of forest-related topics and scientific disciplines. This call for a special issue of Open Agriculture is focused on the topics covered in a number of sessions organized by Working Group 4.05.00 and Division 4. Manuscripts of papers presented at the Freiburg conference or other manuscripts related to these topics are welcome.

Forest Assessment, Modelling and Management sessions:

  • 4c D4 and 4d D4 Open session - sessions aimed to present outstanding case studies of innovative supply chains that foster rural-urban linkages and strengthen interdisciplinary interfaces. It also discussed methodological approaches such as calculation schemes or the applicability of optimization and behavioral models to compute the value added for certain administrative units, and other topics. Also it provided an opportunity for an international assessment, synthesis and evaluation in regard to the availability, documentation and quality of economic data on forestry as well as the identification of possible amendments from a scientific point of view.
  • 197 Ecosystem services and the well-being of forest-dependent communities: enhancing social innovation and building resilience to global changes in remote rural areas - This session was connected to the IUFRO Strategy 2015-2019 research themes: “Forests for People”, because how to increase the well-being of rural communities in re-mote forest-dependent areas will be considered; “Forests and Climate Change”, because the questions of how forest-dependent communities are affected by global changes, and what is the policy for climate changes adaptation will be considered; “Forests and Forest-based Products for a Greener Future” – because sustainable use of forests and of non-wood forest products and services for "greening” of the development through boosting of social innovation in marginalized rural areas, will be considered.
  • 52 Analyzing the context of energy wood production and use: policy and management approaches adopted by selected countries and perspectives of relevant stakeholders - The session intended to give insight into forest management approaches and policies related to the production and use of energy wood, as well as on perspectives of relevant stakeholder from different countries. Qualitative and quantitative research methods such as policy analysis, interviews, SWOT, SMART and AHP were employed to explore and explain the above-mentioned topics. The combination of different data collection and analysis methods allowed presenting a rich overview of the factors affecting the production and use of energy wood. Most of the results presented in this session were obtained during the EU funded project COOL (“COmpeting uses Of forest Land”, within the two ERA-Nets Wood-Wisdom-Net2 and Bioenergy, 2012-2014).
  • 67 Managerial Economics and Accounting: Where We have Been & Where We Can Go - The proposed session provided a historical perspective of managerial economics and accounting, as well as discussed the future of the disciplines in addressing these issues and contributing to public debates. It addressed several of the themes outlines in the current IUFRO Strategy, specifically: 1) How the role of forests for people’s livelihoods and quality of life can be improved; 2) How forests can play a greater role in carbon sequestering; and 3) What role forests can play in the emerging bio-economy, and how can their true value be recognized. These future outlook presentations provided a vision of possible methodological advances as well as discuss the role that the disciplines can play in policy deliberations.
  • 79 Decision support models (DSM) for optimal forest management (FM) with a glance to the past and a view to the future - Management strategies must ensure both owner income and other functions relevant to social welfare. Various tools, methods and decision support models (DSM) have been used in FM planning to determine the optimal decision. Within this session we planned to describe some DSMs from previous work and some new ones. Generally, DSM in forestry can be classified according to the considered unit or level, quantitative and qualitative methods, deterministic, stochastic and heuristic algorithms, linear, non-linear, dynamic, multi-criteria, fuzzy, iterative, interactive, discrete and continuous approaches. For each DSM we discussed its advantages and disadvantages for the use in FM and give case studies. 
  • SP2 Innovative forest assessment and sustainable management in a changing word - Forests and forestry are subject to many changes in terms of social demand for energy, resources and ecosystem services, in terms also of local as well as global impacts of human activities. The steady state ideal can no more be the major basis it has been in the past for forest planning and management. Conversely, transitions in the general context and, subsequently, in forests and forestry concentrate most attention from now on. Beyond technologies, innovations concern forest tools, models, evaluation approaches, operations, products, markets... and are invaluable to deal with sustainable forest management in these new conditions. This subplenary session of IUFRO Division 4 was dealing simultaneously with these two interconnected aspects: changes and innovations.
  • 61 Decision Support Approaches in Adaptive Forest Management - Forest management is characterized by a lot of environmental, economic and social uncertainties that influence the long-term planning in most cases. The rising demands from society on a sustainable provision of ecosystems services increase the complexity of forest decision problems as well. As objectives and approaches in forest management as well as technologies have been changing throughout history, the demand for approaches to support planning and decision making will change in future as well. In this session we explored the different ways how adaptive forest management can be implemented. 


The authors are kindly invited to submit their contribution via online submission system Editorial Manager available at http://www.editorialmanager.com/opag/
It is important that authors include a cover letter with their manuscript with information that the manuscript is dedicated to the Special Issue on the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress - group 4.05.00 Unit "Managerial economics and accounting”, and they choose Section ‘Special Issue on IUFRO 2017’ in the online system.

All articles should be submitted in English. All papers will go through the Open Agriculture high standards, quick and comprehensive peer-review procedure and will be published continuously.

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors.

We are looking forward to your submission up to February 28th, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Donald Hodges at dhodges2@utk.edu, Prof. Donald Grebner at Don.Grebner@msstate.edu, Prof. Ludek Sisak at sisak@fld.czu.cz, Mariana Melnykovych at mariana.melnykovych@ukr.net or Agnieszka Topolska at  Agnieszka.Topolska@degruyteropen.com      

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