INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

ECONOMIC EVALUATION OF FOREST MANAGEMENT SUSTAINABILITY

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BACKGROUND AND AIM

Sustainable forest management is defined as the stewardship and use of forests and forest lands in a way, and at a rate, that maintains the forestís biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfill, now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic and social functions, at a local, national, and global levels and that does not cause damage to other ecosystems (Resolution H1).

Criteria and indicators are used to evaluate forest sustainability (for instance, the Pan- European system consists of 6 criteria and 35 indicators). These are tools designed to define, assess and monitor periodic progress towards sustainable forest management in a given country or in a specified forest area. They are deployed over a defined period of time to demonstrate the individual features of sustainability. But there is deficiency of generalized economic indexes to evaluate the sustainability of forest management. The primary goal of the conference is to promote scientific information interchange between researchers in field of economic evaluation of forest management sustainability. Economic evaluation of forest management sustainability here is understood as:

  1. evaluation and comparison of forestís economic, ecologic and social functions;
  2. estimation of economic losses caused by development of protected forests.

Oral presentations dealing with the following issues are widely welcome:

  • assessment of forest management sustainability;
  • multiple criteria analysis of sustainable forest management;
  • economic valuation of multipurpose forest use in the context of sustainable forest management;
  • economic losses caused by development of protected forests;
  • other issues dealing with the economic evaluation of sustainable forest management.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE-ECONOMIC EVALUATION OF FOREST MANAGEMENT SUSTAINABILITY