New paper: operationalizing social-ecological resilience of forests

Several RESONATE researchers published this paper in the Journal for Environmental Management: A balancing act: Principles, criteria and indicator framework to operationalize social-ecological resilience of forests

Against a background of intensifying climate-induced disturbances, the need to enhance the resilience of forests and forest management is gaining urgency. In this study, RESONATE researchers aim at developing an approach to mainstream social-ecological resilience in forest management. They present a novel way to interpret the context dependency of resilience and to deal with the different trade-offs by using resilience mechanisms and indicators to assess them. The framework they have developed demonstrates how the resilience of a forest is dependent on the context and objectives of forest management. They also discuss the foundations of the framework, its applicability to practical forest management, and the future pathways of research.

Nikinmaa, L., Lindner, M., Cantarello, E., Gardiner, B., Jacobsen, J.B., Jump, A.S., Parra Novoa, C., Plieninger, T., Schuck, A., Seidl, R., Timberlake, T., Waring, K., Winkel, G., Muys, B. (2023): A balancing act: principles, criteria and indicator framework to operationalize social-ecological resilience of forests. Journal of Environmental Management 331, 117039. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.117039