Special Issue "Urban Forest Landscape Planning, Management and Evaluation"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecology and Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2023 | Viewed by 808

Special Issue Editors

Faculty of Agriculture, University of Novi Sad, Trg Dositeja Obradovica 8, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
Interests: landscape planning; decision support systems in landscape management; application of the R program in landscape ecology
Department of Forest Science, Utsunomiya University, 350 Mine, Utsunomiya 321-8505, Japan
Interests: forest engineering; forest operations; forestry machinery; forest biomass; environmental conservation; forest road; biomass harvesting
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School of Forest Resources, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju-si 361-763, Republic of Korea
Interests: forest therapy; social forestry; forest recreation; forest welfare; forest education; psychological benefits of forest/nature use; forest/nature and public health
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Urban forests are residuals of nature within a city and have multiple benefits for city dwellers. Additionally, they are important for preserving the biodiversity of plant, animal, and fungal species and their communities. The survival of urban forests depends on how they are planned, monitored, and managed; therefore, this topic should be addressed carefully and include a multidisciplinary approach.

This Special Issue aims to publish high-profile papers that deal with up-to-date research in planning and managing urban forests. The scope of this issue is broad and encompasses research related to diverse biology and forestry disciplines such as botany, dendrology, entomology, forest pathology, etc., in the context of urban forests and their proper management and planning. In addition to this, there are newly developed IT tools (including decision support systems) and specialized software in forestry science that move both theory and practical work forwards, and papers dealing with this subject are also very welcome. The papers we are soliciting should help in understanding the process of urban forest planning, management, and evaluation by offering representative real case study examples or introducing contemporary methodology and practices.

Dr. Milena D. Lakicevic
Dr. Kazuhiro Aruga
Prof. Dr. Wonsop Shin
Guest Editors

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  • urban biodiversity
  • urban landscape planning
  • biotic factors
  • abiotic factors
  • decision-making process
  • IT tools

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Fuzzy AHP Assessment of Urban Parks Quality and Importance in Novi Sad City, Serbia
Forests 2023, 14(6), 1227; https://doi.org/10.3390/f14061227 - 13 Jun 2023
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This paper proposes an AHP approach that utilizes the fuzzy extent model to prioritize five city parks based on their present quality and projected importance for Novi Sad City, the capital of Vojvodina Province, in Serbia. The study involved an expert evaluation of [...] Read more.
This paper proposes an AHP approach that utilizes the fuzzy extent model to prioritize five city parks based on their present quality and projected importance for Novi Sad City, the capital of Vojvodina Province, in Serbia. The study involved an expert evaluation of a set of eight criteria to identify the most relevant subset of criteria for a detailed park assessment. The park evaluation took into account uncertainties (fuzziness), the expert’s risk tolerance, and different levels of optimism and pessimism. The obtained results could serve when defining upcoming city plans and management agendas related to green areas in the city. The proposed fuzzy-based methodology can be extended to group decision-making scenarios by involving more experts and stakeholder representatives. The park weights obtained through the fuzzy AHP methodology described in this paper can aid city planners and politicians in the strategic allocation of financial, organizational, and human resources for parks. Full article
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