Independent Forestry Panel publishes reviews commissioned from Forest Research

News from Forest Research: May 2012

The Independent Forestry Panel was established on 17 March 2011 by the Secretary of State, Caroline Spelman, to advise government on the future direction of forestry and woodland policy in England. To build up information about specific topics, the Panel commissioned literature reviews, workshops and research to support their work.

As England's Independent Forestry Panel draws towards its conclusions, three reports commissioned from Forest Research have been published on the Defra website and are also available below. These are:

  • Front coverPublic access to woodlands and forests (PDF-1530K)
    A review of existing literature on public access.
    By By Star Molteno, Jake Morris and Liz O'Brien.
  • Front coverCommunity forest governance (PDF-989K)
    A review of existing literature and research evidence on the range of existing community engagement, governance and ownership arrangements for managing forests in England and beyond (namely Scotland, Wales, Europe and North America).
    By Anna Lawrence and Star Molteno.
  • Front coverInternational comparisons of forest policy (PDF-1050K)
    A review of forest policy and instruments in five countries (namely Sweden, Ohio/USA, New Zealand, Denmark and North Rhine-Westphalia/Germany)
    By Anna Lawrence and Mike Dudley.

They are all 'rapid evidence reviews' and have made use of an intensive process of gathering and digesting relevant publications over the last eight months. As such they all contain a lot of material, but are easily accessed through their executive summaries.

For further information please contact:

Anna Lawrence
Head of Social and Economic Research Group
Centre for Human and Ecological Sciences
Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

Tel: 0131 445 2176
Fax: 0131 445 5124

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