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Societal benefits and governance of trees, woods and forests

Summary of Research
The programme aims to support delivery of forest policy related to social benefits and institutional processes, by addressing key evidence gaps identified by FC policy advisors. It will enhance knowledge of the links between governance and delivery models, cultural ecosystem services, and behaviour change. This will result in enhanced capacity to deliver ecosystem services based on trees woods and forests through appropriate delivery models.

An important aspect of applied social research is the ability to make informed judgements about whether experience in one context can be transferred to another. This programme combines qualitative and quantitative methods across a range of scales (community, forest, local authority, region, country, UK) to provide reliable findings and recommendations. It also aims to combine scientifically rigorous results (e.g. surveys and multiple case study evaluations) with appropriate participatory approaches that ensure findings are meaningful and representative of relevant stakeholders. The research is addressed through four work areas:

  1. Well-being – the cultural ecosystem services experienced from trees woods and forests
  2. Society – the distribution of those services across different geographical and social sectors of society
  3. Governance – the structures and process that shape the decisions and delivery mechanisms, that affect the ecosystem services
  4. Evaluation and appraisal – methods for measuring and sharing those benefits.

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Forestry Commission
Forest Research

Further information on work undertaken by Forest Research:
People, trees and woodlands