International Conference on Forest Multifunctionality and Social Demand Over Forests - Multiple Views in the Context of Global Changes, Suceava, Romania, 18 September 2009.
This special issue contains seven papers presenting various problems regarding forest management strategies and regulation for multi-functional, sustainably managed forests. The information about Quercus is valuable in the context of large scale introduction of exotic/rapid growing species in Galicia, Spain; information about mistletoe distribution can influence decision about harvesting age in Carpathian Mountains; information about landscape value help the foresters to better understand the role of forest in the rural landscape planning. The shift from ecology to economy however put in evidence real difficulties, sometime of conceptual nature, to implement sustainable forest management. Economic value of forests still requires standardization in accounting biological assets and instruments for compensating income loses due to implementation of environmental-related restrictions. Value of landscape can be estimated, yet the implementation of different approaches to obtain greater variety of landscape requires good policy instruments and good knowledge of private forest owners' typology.