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Information gap analysis of the Slovenian forest inventory data in the light of MCPFE requirements

Anže Japelj and Milan Hočevar (2008) Information gap analysis of the Slovenian forest inventory data in the light of MCPFE requirements. Zbornik gozdarstva in lesarstva (85). pp. 55-68. ISSN 0351-3114

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    Within the framework of the European MCPFE process, the state of forests and forest management is assessed on the basis of the state and changes of six Helsinki criteria and subordinated sustainable management indicators. We have identified gaps - information gaps - between information requirements of quantitative MCPFE indicators and available forest inventory data. Gaps were identified according to seven quality criteria. The biggest information gaps were identified in the 3rd - state of indicators - and in the 4th Helsinki criteria - changes of indicators. The main reasons for this lie in the fact that forest inventory does not offer any data for two indicators of the 3rd and one indicator of the 4th Helsinki criteria, and the fact that in many cases data exist only for a single period. Definitions that are not harmonized, spatial incompleteness of data and lack of clarity in methodologies also contribute to these gaps. To reduce information gaps, new forest characteristic indicators should be introduced in data obtaining protocols (e.g. forest types, even-/uneven-aged stands, types of regeneration), processes should be based on clear statistical principles, which have to be documented.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: MCPFE, forest inventory, information gap, forest management sustainability
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=SEARCH&base=COBIB&select=ID= 2284454
    Divisions: Slovenian Forestry Institute > Department of Forest and Landscape Planning and Monitoring
    Item ID: 180
    Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2014 09:33
    Last Modified: 07 Feb 2014 09:33
    URI: http://eprints.gozdis.si/id/eprint/180

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