Establishing a protocol for collaborative, mutually agreed management in particularly sensitive forests that reconciles  their high natural value with the mobilisation of wood

This Pilot Project ran from 2015 to 2017 in Catalonia (Spain). Its objective was to explore new tools for mobilizing wood in a collaborative way without putting the conservation values of the sensitive forests at risk. In Catalonia, CREAF carried out the ‘Singular Forest Inventory’ which was aimed at identifying the forests with the highest conservation values in the region. These forests, which represent a small percentage of the total forest area, are not currently protected by any specific legal entity even though large parts of them are included within protected areas (including Natura 2000). Many of these ‘Singular Forests’, both public and private, have a forest management plan which allows for timber harvesting. Property rights are becoming a controversial issue in these forests, with questions being raised about whether timber harvesting puts the conservation value of these forests at risk. This situation of potential clash of interests exceeds strictly the scope of Singulars Forests and would be generalizable to other protected areas of Catalonia. Actually, the stakeholder involved with timber production identified the nature protection policies (more than 30% of the land area in Catalonia is protected) as one of the main barriers to increase wood mobilization.

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Contact: Jordi Vayreda, Xavier Carbonell


Institution: CREAF

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Accesses: Public access

Geographic Contexts: Rural

Domain: Functions , Governance

Coniferous Destinations: Material use (sawntimber, pulp, panel boards, posts & poles etc)

Harwood Destinations: Material use (sawntimber, pulp, panel boards, posts & poles etc)

Forest Types: Alpine softwoodous forest , Mesophytic deciduous forest , Beech forest , Mountainous beech forest

Govern Actors: Owners association , Government forest service , Forest Managers / consultants/ agents , Non-government (non profit) organisations , Research Institutes , Regional government , Local government , Small medium forest-based enterprise

Financial Supports: government forest planting support scheme , Private

Manager Types: managed by owner , managed by professional forest manager (service provider)

Owner Types: private , communal

Scale Operations: small scale (10-50 ha) , very small scale (<10 ha)