Between biodiversity conservation and sustainable forest management: A multidisciplinary assessment of the emblematic Białowieża Forest case

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Between biodiversity conservation and sustainable forest management : A multidisciplinary assessment of the emblematic Białowieża Forest case. / Blicharska, M.; Angelstam, P.; Giessen, L.; Hilszczański, J.; Hermanowicz, E.; Holeksa, J.; Jacobsen, J. B.; Jaroszewicz, B.; Konczal, A.; Konieczny, A.; Mikusiński, G.; Mirek, Z.; Mohren, F.; Muys, B.; Niedziałkowski, K.; Sotirov, M.; Stereńczak, K.; Szwagrzyk, J.; Winder, G. M.; Witkowski, Z.; Zaplata, R.; Winkel, G.

In: Biological Conservation, Vol. 248, 108614, 08.2020.

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Blicharska, M, Angelstam, P, Giessen, L, Hilszczański, J, Hermanowicz, E, Holeksa, J, Jacobsen, JB, Jaroszewicz, B, Konczal, A, Konieczny, A, Mikusiński, G, Mirek, Z, Mohren, F, Muys, B, Niedziałkowski, K, Sotirov, M, Stereńczak, K, Szwagrzyk, J, Winder, GM, Witkowski, Z, Zaplata, R & Winkel, G 2020, 'Between biodiversity conservation and sustainable forest management: A multidisciplinary assessment of the emblematic Białowieża Forest case', Biological Conservation, vol. 248, 108614. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108614

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Blicharska, M., Angelstam, P., Giessen, L., Hilszczański, J., Hermanowicz, E., Holeksa, J., ... Winkel, G. (2020). Between biodiversity conservation and sustainable forest management: A multidisciplinary assessment of the emblematic Białowieża Forest case. Biological Conservation, 248, [108614]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108614

Vancouver

Blicharska M, Angelstam P, Giessen L, Hilszczański J, Hermanowicz E, Holeksa J et al. Between biodiversity conservation and sustainable forest management: A multidisciplinary assessment of the emblematic Białowieża Forest case. Biological Conservation. 2020 Aug;248. 108614. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108614

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Blicharska, M. ; Angelstam, P. ; Giessen, L. ; Hilszczański, J. ; Hermanowicz, E. ; Holeksa, J. ; Jacobsen, J. B. ; Jaroszewicz, B. ; Konczal, A. ; Konieczny, A. ; Mikusiński, G. ; Mirek, Z. ; Mohren, F. ; Muys, B. ; Niedziałkowski, K. ; Sotirov, M. ; Stereńczak, K. ; Szwagrzyk, J. ; Winder, G. M. ; Witkowski, Z. ; Zaplata, R. ; Winkel, G. / Between biodiversity conservation and sustainable forest management : A multidisciplinary assessment of the emblematic Białowieża Forest case. In: Biological Conservation. 2020 ; Vol. 248.

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title = "Between biodiversity conservation and sustainable forest management: A multidisciplinary assessment of the emblematic Białowieża Forest case",
abstract = "The tension between biodiversity conservation and multipurpose forest management may lead to conflicts. An internationally prominent example is the Białowieża Forest Massif (BFM), an extensive forest complex with high levels of naturalness. We apply a systematic, multidisciplinary assessment process to review empirical evidence on different dimensions of the BFM conflict. While there is broad consensus that this forest massif is an exceptional place worth conserving and that a way forward is a zonation system combining conservation with management, exactly how this should be done has yet to be agreed upon. Our assessment shows that the key reasons for the BFM controversy go beyond the availability of knowledge on the ecological status of the BFM and include: 1) evidence stemming from different sources, which is often contradictory and prone to different interpretations; 2) knowledge gaps, particularly with regard to socio-economic drivers and beneficiaries as well as uncertainties about future trends; 3) fundamentally different values and priorities among stakeholder groups, resulting in power struggles, and an overall lack of trust. We conclude that evidence-based knowledge alone is insufficient to cope with complex conservation conflicts. While more evidence may help assess the consequences of decisions, the actual management decisions depend on different actors' worldviews, which are rooted in their professional identities and power, and their political and legal realities. This calls for conflict management through a well-organized participatory process organized and supervised by a body deemed legitimate by the groups involved.",
keywords = "Białowieża Forest, Biodiversity conservation, Conservation conflict, Forest management, Interdisciplinarity, Land use conflict, Sustainable land use",
author = "M. Blicharska and P. Angelstam and L. Giessen and J. Hilszczański and E. Hermanowicz and J. Holeksa and Jacobsen, {J. B.} and B. Jaroszewicz and A. Konczal and A. Konieczny and G. Mikusiński and Z. Mirek and F. Mohren and B. Muys and K. Niedziałkowski and M. Sotirov and K. Stereńczak and J. Szwagrzyk and Winder, {G. M.} and Z. Witkowski and R. Zaplata and G. Winkel",
year = "2020",
month = "8",
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language = "English",
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journal = "Biological Conservation",
issn = "0006-3207",
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T2 - A multidisciplinary assessment of the emblematic Białowieża Forest case

AU - Blicharska, M.

AU - Angelstam, P.

AU - Giessen, L.

AU - Hilszczański, J.

AU - Hermanowicz, E.

AU - Holeksa, J.

AU - Jacobsen, J. B.

AU - Jaroszewicz, B.

AU - Konczal, A.

AU - Konieczny, A.

AU - Mikusiński, G.

AU - Mirek, Z.

AU - Mohren, F.

AU - Muys, B.

AU - Niedziałkowski, K.

AU - Sotirov, M.

AU - Stereńczak, K.

AU - Szwagrzyk, J.

AU - Winder, G. M.

AU - Witkowski, Z.

AU - Zaplata, R.

AU - Winkel, G.

PY - 2020/8

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N2 - The tension between biodiversity conservation and multipurpose forest management may lead to conflicts. An internationally prominent example is the Białowieża Forest Massif (BFM), an extensive forest complex with high levels of naturalness. We apply a systematic, multidisciplinary assessment process to review empirical evidence on different dimensions of the BFM conflict. While there is broad consensus that this forest massif is an exceptional place worth conserving and that a way forward is a zonation system combining conservation with management, exactly how this should be done has yet to be agreed upon. Our assessment shows that the key reasons for the BFM controversy go beyond the availability of knowledge on the ecological status of the BFM and include: 1) evidence stemming from different sources, which is often contradictory and prone to different interpretations; 2) knowledge gaps, particularly with regard to socio-economic drivers and beneficiaries as well as uncertainties about future trends; 3) fundamentally different values and priorities among stakeholder groups, resulting in power struggles, and an overall lack of trust. We conclude that evidence-based knowledge alone is insufficient to cope with complex conservation conflicts. While more evidence may help assess the consequences of decisions, the actual management decisions depend on different actors' worldviews, which are rooted in their professional identities and power, and their political and legal realities. This calls for conflict management through a well-organized participatory process organized and supervised by a body deemed legitimate by the groups involved.

AB - The tension between biodiversity conservation and multipurpose forest management may lead to conflicts. An internationally prominent example is the Białowieża Forest Massif (BFM), an extensive forest complex with high levels of naturalness. We apply a systematic, multidisciplinary assessment process to review empirical evidence on different dimensions of the BFM conflict. While there is broad consensus that this forest massif is an exceptional place worth conserving and that a way forward is a zonation system combining conservation with management, exactly how this should be done has yet to be agreed upon. Our assessment shows that the key reasons for the BFM controversy go beyond the availability of knowledge on the ecological status of the BFM and include: 1) evidence stemming from different sources, which is often contradictory and prone to different interpretations; 2) knowledge gaps, particularly with regard to socio-economic drivers and beneficiaries as well as uncertainties about future trends; 3) fundamentally different values and priorities among stakeholder groups, resulting in power struggles, and an overall lack of trust. We conclude that evidence-based knowledge alone is insufficient to cope with complex conservation conflicts. While more evidence may help assess the consequences of decisions, the actual management decisions depend on different actors' worldviews, which are rooted in their professional identities and power, and their political and legal realities. This calls for conflict management through a well-organized participatory process organized and supervised by a body deemed legitimate by the groups involved.

KW - Białowieża Forest

KW - Biodiversity conservation

KW - Conservation conflict

KW - Forest management

KW - Interdisciplinarity

KW - Land use conflict

KW - Sustainable land use

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DO - 10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108614

M3 - Journal article

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VL - 248

JO - Biological Conservation

JF - Biological Conservation

SN - 0006-3207

M1 - 108614

ER -

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