VI FORUM ON FOREST POLICY

FORESTS AND SOCIETY IN A GLOBAL CHANGE FRAMEWORK: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

4-6 November 2008, Solsona (Lleida , Spain)

 

Introduction

The social and political acceptance of the climatic change, the consolidation of the sustainability in all political levels and instruments of planning assumed for decades by the forest sector, or conjunctural aspects with structural consequences like the increase of petroleum, along with the increasing social consciousness on the need to contemplate environmental aspects in our model of development offer new expectations on the paper of the forests and the forest sector in the present context of global change.

Nevertheless, so important it is to know how the society is affected by forests and forest policies, like, indeed, how the society affects to the management and conservation of the forests. This is, obviously, a tight bidirectional relation in which, the recognition by the society about the historical contribution of the forest sector towards the sustainability of the development happens to be a more and more determining aspect to the adoption of effective and efficient policies.

The sixth edition of the Forum on Forest Policy tries to approach each all these aspects, from the present international tendencies to the promotion of the sustainable and responsible use of forest products or the communication alliances to fortify the social projection of the sector, to the adaptation of the national and autonomic models of forest policy to the new challenges and opportunities of the sector and the enterprises and society participation in the sustainable development.

This new edition consolidates the Forums as the meeting point of greater national projection on forest policy and the relation between forests and society, the relation between the forest sector and the sustainable development of the society.