Forests in Slovenia: multiple talents to be handled with care
To preserve the biodiversity of forests and the numerous services they provide to society, planning and management must be well thought out. In a recent workshop, scientists, forest managers, policy makers and other experts discussed how to go about it. The 66 participants evaluated the current approach to multi-objective forest management in Slovenia. The main outcomes:
- To reduce biodiversity loss and to avoid contradictory management objectives, careful planning and appropriate management are needed.
- Biomass can be extracted from protected areas when this is harmonised with other uses of forests.
- The designation of forest function areas and protected forest areas is important. It allows for collaboration in spatial planning, raising awareness on the importance of forests, the evaluation of ecosystem services, etc.
- Clearer management guidelines should be elaborated involving all stakeholders, such as forest owners, nature conservation agencies, local communities, and the public.
- As a management tool, forest function maps should be simplified, representing the most important ecosystem services in the area.
The workshop “Multi-objective forest management: forest functions, ecosystem services and priority areas” was organized by Slovenia Forest Service in collaboration with the Department of Forestry and Renewable Forest Resources (University of Ljubljana) in December 2013.