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Public participation in sustainable forestry: the case of forest planning in Slovakia

Zuzana Sarvašová (1-2)   , Zuzana Dobšinská (3), Jaroslav Šálka (3)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 7, Issue 6, Pages 414-422 (2014)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor1174-007
Published: May 19, 2014 - Copyright © 2014 SISEF

Research Articles

Collection/Special Issue: RegioResources21
Spatial information and participation of socio-ecological systems: experiences, tools and lessons learned for land-use planning
Guest Editors: Daniele La Rosa, Carsten Lorz, Hannes Jochen König, Christine Fürst

Public participation is considered to be an important element of democracy. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate participatory approaches in the formulation processes of forest strategic documents and forest management plans in Slovakia. In order to present the context in which the public participation in forestry is applied, we are describing the rules according to national forest law. The nation-wide example is presented for the case of the National Forest Program formulation, where the scope of the forest management units is covered by the process of Forest Management Plans elaboration and adoption. The empirical findings from forest authorities’ data show that participation is still very formal. The most common actors are public authorities represented by their official representatives and the most active actors besides forest owners or managers are environmental interest groups. To strengthen the participatory process in sustainable forestry planning, not only changes in legislation are needed but also an increase in public awareness concerning the significance of forestry resources.


Participatory Approaches, Forest Management Planning, National Forest Program, Evaluation of Participation Process

Authors’ address

Zuzana Sarvašová
National Forest Centre - Forest Research Institute Zvolen, T.G. Masaryka 22, SK-96092 Zvolen (Slovakia)
Zuzana Sarvašová
Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamycká 129, 16521 Praha 6-Suchdol (Czech Republic)
Zuzana Dobšinská
Jaroslav Šálka
Faculty of Forestry, Technical University in Zvolen, T.G. Masaryka 24, SK-96053 Zvolen (Slovakia)

Corresponding author

Zuzana Sarvašová


Sarvašová Z, Dobšinská Z, Šálka J (2014). Public participation in sustainable forestry: the case of forest planning in Slovakia. iForest 7: 414-422. - doi: 10.3832/ifor1174-007

Academic Editor

Marco Borghetti

Paper history

Received: Oct 31, 2013
Accepted: Nov 12, 2013

First online: May 19, 2014
Publication Date: Dec 01, 2014
Publication Time: 6.27 months

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