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Evaluation of existing and new policy means for ensuring sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of forests

Project Leader
Glück Peter, Project Leader
Type of Research
Applied Research
Weiß Gerhard, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics (AFO)
Institute of Forest, Environmental and Natural Resource Policy
Funded by
Austrian Science Fund (FWF) , Georg-Coch-Platz 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
The objective of the project is to advance the study of the impacts and outcomes of policy tools for ensuring sustainable forest management. To this end existing policy means are applied as well as new ones proposed. For each type of policy investment (regulatory, economic and informational), two examples of existing and proposed policy tools are chosen. To explain success or failure of existing policy tools, their choice and implementation by the policy-making system is analysed with regard to: problem structure, the political, institutional and economic situation, as well as values, ideologies and interests of the political actors. Furthermore, the acceptance of new policy tools by representatives of political parties, forest and environmental NGOs, and administration (ministries of environment and agriculture) will be assessed. The comprehensive theoretical framework for evaluating the policy-making process is policy analysis. In particular, the approach of policy-network analysis is applied for the ex-post and ex-ante evaluation of policy means. For this purpose the interaction among participants of the policy network is explained by using hypotheses from several theoretical approaches (rational choice, institutional theory, and value systems). The hypotheses will be proved by focused interviews and standardised questionnaires addressed to the main actors in the policy field.
forestry and wood industry policy; political systems;
sustainable forest management; policy evaluation; policy instruments;

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