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WG 5 Governance

Coppice forests ownership and governance


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 Debbie BARTLETT                                                                                              
 Leader WG 5                                                                                               


Throughout Europe coppice forests have been installed and managed for centuries. In many cases they developed special ownership and user rights frameworks in parallel to this physical management. Many coppice forests began with the common use of all inhabitants of a village or settlement (right of commons). Some of these old rules have survived and are still in place today. Others have been developed further to physical or financial participation and concrete or abstract user rights with many different variations. These specific governance regimes guaranteed an intensive but still sustainable management of the coppice forests over decades. They may also be an excellent model case for future alternatives of managing small-scale forests in general and may contribute to overcome the negative consequences of highly fragmented land ownership patterns.

In WG 5 the existing governance regimes were explored, compared and evaluated. Because in many cases not all regulations may exist in a printed version, oral history and traditional knowledge will play an important role when collecting this type of information. Together with the different governance regimes, they also analysed the effectiveness and efficiency of these regimes towards sustainability, productivity and equal participation.





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