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Identifying sustainable forest management research narratives: a text mining approach

Although it is obvious that research regarding Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) is context specific and developed over time, not many research papers yet intended to investigate these changes. As a matter of fact, the number of scientific publications addressing SFM is relatively high. Hence, such a wide field cannot be sufficiently covered by traditional literature review approaches. With this paper, we aim at identifying the most convergent narratives within the SFM-research landscape by applying a text mining methodology to recent scientific literature. By doing so, we generated results that indicate that there may have been three phases in the evolution of SFM-research: the early phase covers in particular issues regarding land use in tropical and developing countries. Furthermore, papers in this phase tend to focus on general concepts or policy issues. In contrast, the second phase is characterized by a larger share of publications in forestry focused journals. This process is seemingly connected with issues like forest management, certification, forest stand management and the development of sustainability indicators. A third phase can be observed by the relative downturn of publications in forest-focused journals between 2005 and 2010. A new focus in this period is climate change.

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April 30, 2015

Guyana’s prime timbers – over-harvested, under-priced and minimally taxed


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Logging, tropical forests and biodiversity — what we don’t know

A new paper in Conservation Biology (subscription required) from researchers at UC Berkeley and elsewhere provides an important reminder that we often don’t know as much as we think we do about ecological systems and the effe

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Oct 22, 2013

Protecting tropical rainforest: are parks or payments best?

Tropical forests are home to many species as well as a store for large amounts of carbon, but they’re under threat of destruction.

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October 10, 2013

Texas Forests provide $93 billion in environmental benefits each year

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New EU group to promote sustainable tropical timber

An organisation aiming to ensure tropical timber is used sustainably across the European Union will be launched next month.

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Scottish academics lead rainforest research project

A team from Aberdeen University is to lead a four-year study involving UK and international partners, into the impact of humans on tropical rainforests.

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September 10, 2013

Do carbon offsets work? The role of forest management in greenhouse gas mitigation

Author: Fried, Jeremy

Date: 2013

Source: Science Findings 155. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 5 p.

Station ID: SF-PNW-155

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18 September 2013

Heavily logged forests still valuable for tropical wildlife

New research has found rainforests that have been logged several times continue to hold substantial value for biodiversity and could have a role in conservation.

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September 10, 2013

FAO National Forest Programme Facility Transitions to Landscape Approach

September 2013: Following a decade of allocating hundreds of small grants to strengthen the participation of stakeholders in developing national forest programmes, the National Forest Programme Facility of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will continue as the Forest and Farm


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