This volume presents a summary of the contributions to the workshop “Deforestation made in Italy” held in Padua on 10 December 2019. After framing the issue of deforestation and forest degradation, analyzing the main drivers and impacts, the document presents methodological approaches and preliminary results relating to the estimate of the embodied deforestation associated with the Italian import and consumption of deforestation-risk products: wood and derived products, agricultural products (beef, palm oil and soybean) and by-products (bovine hides and leather).
This is a first attempt to systematically and critically address the issue taking into account possible responsibilities of the Italian system – institutions, businesses, research, civil society and consumers: a potential starting point for further studies and critical reflections on this topic, with the hope that this will translate, with the collaboration of all, into concrete actions for the benefit of forest resources and human well-being. The report is available in Italian with a full abstract in English.
SIMRA’s final Policy Brief How can Policy help bring about Social Innovation in Rural Areas?
Local development, Sustainable investments
This briefing explores the challenge of raising the profile of social innovation in policy-making, because although social innovation may happen as a result of citizen action alone, its impact can be much enhanced by the design of supportive policies.
Forest plantations in Southwestern Europe A comparative trend analysis on investment returns, markets and policies
Alex Pra et al.
This paper represents the first analysis of forest plantation investments on a comparative perspective in the context of Southwestern Europe. Our experts estimated and compared potential investment returns at aggregate level for some of the most important productive forest plantation species in the region, including hybrid poplar, eucalyptus and maritime pine.
The first “Report on the state of Italian forests” aims to provide a global, detailed and timely picture of the state of Italian forests and its supply chains. The article, written by the Etifor team in collaboration with Davide Pettenella, presents a successful case study: Bosco Limite.
In recent decades Italian society has gradually lost sight of the importance of forests, a green lung that covers about 40% of the national territory.We have also forgotten how the national forest system, with its productive, environmental and socio-cultural chains, still represents a vital fulcrum of the country today. In this context, the first “Report on the state of Italian forests” (RAF – Rapporto sullo stato delle foreste e del settore forestale in Itali) was created to provide a global, detailed and accurate picture of the state of Italian forests and its chains. The article written by the Etifor team in collaboration with Davide Pettenella, professor at the University of Padua, presents a successful case study: Bosco Limite.
ARTICLE’S TITLE Bosco Limite.
La “foresta fuoriporta” che difende dal cambiamento climatico
(Bosco Limite. The forest that defends against climate change, page 244-5)
PUBLICATION The “Rapporto sullo stato delle foreste e del settore forestale in Italia” (RaF Italia 2017-2018) was credtede by Direzione generale delle foreste del Mipaaft during the project RETERURALE NAZIONALE 2014-2020.
The aim of this manual, published by FAO, is to enhance understanding of ecosystem services and their valuation. Most of the examples and case studies presented herein, therefore, are tailored to the Bangladesh context, but the general concepts, approaches and methods can be applied to a broad spectrum of situations.
The aim of this manual is to enhance understanding of ecosystem services and their valuation. The specific target group comprises governmental officers in planning units and field-level officers and practitioners in key government departments in Bangladesh responsible for project development, including the Ministry of Environment and Forests and its agencies.
Most of the examples and case studies presented herein, therefore, are tailored to the Bangladesh context, but the general concepts, approaches and methods can be applied to a broad spectrum of situations. This manual focuses on valuing forest-related ecosystem services, including those provided by trees outside forests. It is expected to improve valuation efforts and help ensure the better use of such values in policymaking and decision making.
Among other things, the manual explores the basics of financial mathematics; the main methods of economic valuation; examples of the valuation of selected ecosystem services; and inputs for considering values in decision making (the full abstract is available on FAO website)
The study, published by FAO, includes contributions from our team and the TESAF Department of the University of Padua.
Demonstrating Ecosystem Services Impacts FSC International (FSC-GUI-30-006)
This document is written, by FSC International and Etifor experts, for forest managers who are looking for additional technical guidance for using the FSC Ecosystem Services Procedure (FSC-PRO-30-006) to improve their access to ecosystem services markets.
Enhancing outdoor recreation and biodiversity through payments for ecosystem services
Responsible management, Sustainable investments
As part of the Springer Nature SharedIt initiative, you can now read the article “Enhancing outdoor recreation and biodiversity through payments for ecosystem services: emerging potentials from selected Natura 2000 sites in Italy” written with the contribution of Etifor’s team.
Forest managers, auditors and project developers require a new range of skills: this book, co-editing by Etifor, outlines the market-based tools that are required by such professionals to ensure corporate social responsibility in the forestry sector.
It is difficult to find products or services in the market that are not defined as sustainable.
But what makes a product or a service really sustainable?
A good reference standard and a serious and independent system of control (audit).
Lucio Brotto (Etifor Srl) and Davide Pettenella (University of Padova) as editors, and the rest of the contributing authors, were able to produce this new book that addresses the subject giving a complete and update picture of the standards and certification systems implemented in the forestry sector.
Beginning with a market and policy analysis, the book fosters a deeper understanding of standards, methodologies and auditing techniques. The certification process is described within the general framework of the market-based tools available in the forestry sector. The book shows how a mutual learning process between established forest certification processes and innovative markets is needed. It addresses key topics such as High Conservation Value (HCV) approaches, the role of independent certification versus due diligence process, the new development connected to environmental services certification. Numerous case studies are included from a wide range of contexts, including both temperate and tropical forests in developed and developing countries.
This publication is an effective way to think about the state-of-the-art of Forest Management Auditing and help new professionals through the many and complex options in this area.
The objectives of this study are to further improve our understanding about the ways in which payments for ecosystem services schemes can be applied to forests, in particular focusing on forest’s hydrological functions for the mutual beneﬁt of both humans and the environment.
The objectives of the”Forests and Water – Valuation and payments for forest ecosystem services” study are to further improve our understanding about the ways in which payments for ecosystem services schemes can be applied to forests, in particular focusing on forest’s hydrological functions for the mutual beneﬁt of both humans and the environment. In addition, the study covers advances and challenges facing these schemes and provides practical guidance for policymakers and practitioners. This study contains the most comprehensive currently available database of case studies on water-related payment for forest ecosystem services schemes in the UNECE region.
The study can be considered as having the most up-to-date database currently available of case studies on PES related to water in forest ecosystems. The study, published by UNECE FAO, includes contributions from our team and the TESAF Department of the University of Padova.
Among the authors are (in alphabetical order):