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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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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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Planting trees may not reverse climate change but it will help locally

Afforestation, planting trees in an area where there have previously been no trees, can reduce the effect of climate change by cooling temperate regions finds a study in BioMed Central's open access journal Carbon Balance and Management.

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January 07, 2013

Agriculture, Forestry Key to Mitigating Climate Change

Forestry experts say it is time for a new approach in mitigating the causes of climate change.  And while the 2012 U.N.

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November 30th, 2012

Stepping out of the REDD+ Shadow – Forests and Adaptation

For those of us with hazy recollections of the middle of the last decade, it is easy to forget that when REDD+ was assigned to the mitigation stream under the UNFCCC, many commentators, including indigenous peoples, thought it should straddle both adaptation and mitigation

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October 15, 2012

Germany Beats Fast-Start Finance Commitment But Sees Need For More Scale

Developed countries have been uneven at best in defining 

The Different Colours of REDD

Ilona Jankovits  -  320217-  Msc Global Business and Stakeholder Management - The Different Colours of REDD

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September 4, 2012

Consumer demand 'can influence sustainable forestry'

Harvesting forestry sustainably and profitably is entirely possible, but requires consumers and businesses to pressurise governments into action.

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To Understand Rio+20, Put on Your 3D Glasses

Think of Rio+20 as cinema. In its simplest black and white, small screen format, it was unsatisfying. Government negotiators failed to reach any agreements of note. But, in color, on the large screen, with your 3D glasses on, it was much more.

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May 7, 2012

EU nations get cold feet over climate change fund

(Reuters) - EU nations have yet to come up with a plan on how to fill a multi-billion euro fund to help tackle climate change, even as the region's executive body hosts talks with countries likely to bear the brunt of extreme weather.


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