Liina Remm (Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu): An anthropological approach to continuous cover forestry: the motives and methods of forest owners in Estonia
Forests managed with continuous cover forestry (CCF) are known to provide large variety of ecosystem services.Although in Estonia rotational management dominates and a very limited areal proportion of the forests are managed using CCF, several small-forest owners use it. What kind of circumstances promote the forest owners to use CCF and which are the aims of their activity? We visited and interviewed about ten forest owners, who use CCF and aimed to find the motives and reasons, why have they chosen such an approach. We did not find owners for whom the CCF would ensure the main income. Nevertheless, they saw the CCF as a normal and suitable method for their forests. Often they used the wood harvested for their own household or sold within local social networks. Different attitudes for nature conservation emerged in this sample of persons, exemplified e.g. in their spacial planning. We would like to discuss about the limitations and possible solutions for wider application of CCF.
Liis Kuresoo (Estonian Fund for Nature): Using science based evidence in influencing forest policy in Estonia: success stories and failures
Many Estonian ecologists and forest experts together with Estonian Fund for Nature have worked with national forest policy for over two decades. The aim has been to move towards more sustainable forest management that reflects in local laws, policies and strategic plans. One crucial component in this work has been the use of science based evidence in determining effective measures to be taken to protect wildlife and curb climate change. So far there are success stories and stories of failure. We would like to show examples of them both during the seminar and discuss why some approaches have worked and some not.