Comparative analysis of regulatory framework related to private forest management in Slovenia and Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
ID Pezdevšek Malovrh, Špela (Author), ID Avdibegović, Mersudin (Author)

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Forest policy and forest ownership patterns in Slovenia and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) have changed considerably in recent decades due to unprecedented scale of social, political and economic change. The distribution of ownership types varies between the countries % in Slovenia private forest ownership predominates (77%), while in FBiH only about 20% of forest is private-owned. In both countries, private forest properties are small-scale and fragmented, which affects management opportunities and the scale at which policy interventions need to be made. This paper analyses the Slovenian and Central Bosnia Cantonal Law on Forests to assess how the regulatory framework affects private forest owners% (PFOs) rights, forest management and accelerates cooperation of PFOs. Both laws impose exclusive rights and responsibilities of PFOs, as well as limitation on how they can use their forests. In both countries, legislation contains detailed regulations for forest management activities and stipulate that mandatory forest management plans (FMPs) are an important tool that supports the implementation of sustainable forest management. In Slovenia, FMPs are prepared as common plans for all forests regardless the ownership, while in FBiH the Cantonal Law prescribes a separate forest management planning system for private forests. To improve the efficiency of private forest management, both laws support voluntary cooperation of PFOs. From the analysis, it can be concluded that there is a need for better harmonisation of public and private interests in relation to forest resources, especially in the case of FBiH, and that the deregulation of property right is needed as well as that the level of involvement of PFOs in the forest policy making process is unsatisfactory, in most cases only formal.

Keywords:private forests, forest law, property rights, forest management, private forest owners' cooperation, forest policy
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:BF - Biotechnical Faculty
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Publication date:15.11.2021
Number of pages:15 str.
Numbering:Vol. 67, iss. 4
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-134267 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:2454-0358
DOI:10.2478/forj-2021-0016 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:68644867 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:04.01.2022
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Title:Central European Forestry Journal
Shortened title:Cent. Eur. For. J.
Publisher:Národné lesnícke centrum, De Gruyter
COBISS.SI-ID:2910089 This link opens in a new window


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Licensing start date:04.01.2022

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Keywords:zasebni gozdovi, gozdna politika, zakon o gozdovi, premoženjske pravice, gospodarjenje z gozdovi, sodelovanje zasebnih lasnikov gozdov


Funder:ARRS - Slovenian Research Agency
Project number:V4-2013
Name:Učinkovitejše gospodarjenje z zasebnimi gozdovi v podporo večji mobilizaciji lesa

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