Forests contribute to modern societies through cultural, economic, environmental, institutional, and social dimensions. Forest management decisions and practices, therefore, must incorporate information concerning all of these dimensions. In addition, global issues such as changes in society, climate, forest values influence and transform the ways in which forest ecosystems are perceived, managed, and used. The role of managerial economics and accounting in forest ecosystems management and policy development in response to these evolving conditions and needs of society will be central to this symposium.
Since the Rio conference in 1992, criteria and indicators of sustainable forest management have been developed in forestry all around the world through regional processes such as the Helsinki and Montreal processes. Multicriteria analyses are not only useful because of the multiple values of forestry; they also are of increasing interest because of the evolving and uncertain background in which forestry is undertaken.
Economics and accounting can contribute a great deal to criteria and indicators: for example, Faustmann theory gives a useful indicator of forest efficiency: the land expectation value. Moreover, a major aim of accounting is the production of indicators of yearly activities. Much remains to do in that field in order to better integrate all ecosystem services such as carbon economy, biodiversity, watershed services, or socio-cultural activities.
The symposium is aimed at forest researchers and practitioners in the areas of forestry, forest and natural resource policy, decision support modeling, and land-use planning. Presentations are sought on a range of topics related to managerial economics and accounting, including:
- Sustainable forest management
- Forest certification
- Ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, biodiversity, watershed services, and health services
- Emerging needs for forests and land use (agriculture versus forestry)
- New economic instruments, regulations, policies, and organizations in view of emerging needs of society from forest ecosystems.
- Forest development and management in the light of global change
- Social and cultural aspects of forest ecosystems
- Public perceptions about forest ecosystems and their management
Jean-Luc Peyron, firstname.lastname@example.org; IUFRO 4.05.00
Bernard Möehring, email@example.com; IUFRO 4.05.01
Lidija Zadnik Stirn, Lidija.Zadnik@bf.uni-lj.si; IUFRO 4.05.02
Don Hodges, firstname.lastname@example.org; University of Tennessee, local arrangements
Don Grebner, DGrebner@CFR.MsState.Edu; Mississippi State University, local arrangements