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Topical Collection "Landscape Approaches in Era of Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: Sustainable Forestry and Agriculture, Close-to-Nature Forestry, and Conservations in OECMs"

A topical collection in Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This collection belongs to the section "Sustainable Forestry".

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Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University, 4-9-1 Shiobaru, Minamiku, Fukuoka 815-8540, Japan
Interests: urban planning; land use planning; landscape management
Faculty of Social Sciences, Academic Assembly, Graduate School of Sustainability Studies, University of Toyama, 3190 Gofuku, Toyama City, Toyama 930-8555, Japan
Interests: environmental law; administrative law; intellectual property law

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Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite researchers in the fields of forestry and agricultural sciences, environmental economics, urban forestry and agricultural planning, and ecology, who have a multidisciplinary approach, to submit papers to this Special Issue.

We welcome submissions on sustainable management and strategies regarding forest resources, including mangrove forests. In terms of sustainable management, this Special Issue will focus on local perceptions considering Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which are expected to be agreed upon in May 2022. Other international-level conservation schemes of forests will also be highlighted, such as the Other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) and the Landscape approach. There are regional efforts in the EU on forest management, for instance, the close-to-nature forest certification and the New EU Forest Strategy for 2030. Climate-change-related measures both in agriculture and forestry were introduced in Japan this year as a strategy for sustainable food systems, for example MeaDRI.  Case studies and/or theoretical topics under this Special Issue can include perceptive studies of local communities, the economic valuation of local ecosystem services, forest transition, values for communities, and participatory approaches of forest management, monitoring, and policymaking.

Furthermore, the scope of this issue includes: policy analyses at local, national, and international levels, considering the recently updated forest strategies in EU and Asian countries; and benefit sharing both from global and local perspectives, including producers, consumers, and policymakers. Emerging concepts such as nature’s contribution to people (NCP) are also highlighted in this issue to explore the policy-relevant concepts for forest strategies and related policies and schemes.

We will also include international schemes such as REDD+ for regional and global strategies. There are different types of policies and actions for sustainable resource management. Sustainable forest management and related environmental management can be expanded and implemented based on the local and global collaborations of various stakeholders. Considering the transformative changes in the fields of environmental management, innovative local and international schemes for this management are highlighted in this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Ryo Kohsaka
Dr. Chika Takatori
Dr. Yuta Uchiyama
Dr. Satomi Kohyama
Guest Editors

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  • urban forestry
  • mangrove forest management
  • landscape approach
  • benefit sharing
  • close-to-nature forestry
  • community perceptionsș

Published Papers (1 paper)


Status and Trends in Forest Environment Transfer Tax and Information Interface between Prefectures and Municipalities: Multi-Level Governance of Forest Management in 47 Japanese Prefectures
Sustainability 2022, 14(3), 1791; - 04 Feb 2022
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In 2019, Japan introduced a national forest-environment-transfer tax (FETT). Prefectural and municipal governments receive tax revenue. Currently, 37 prefectures in Japan have prefectural forest taxes, and the prefectures need to demarcate how their own taxes and the national tax are being used. This [...] Read more.
In 2019, Japan introduced a national forest-environment-transfer tax (FETT). Prefectural and municipal governments receive tax revenue. Currently, 37 prefectures in Japan have prefectural forest taxes, and the prefectures need to demarcate how their own taxes and the national tax are being used. This study analyzed the overall use trends of national tax, which is for supporting municipal forest management, and review the status of prefectural forest environmental taxes. National tax was primarily applied to organizing the information of forests and their owners. The main components of support by prefectures to municipalities were support to questionnaires for private forest owners, other technical supports, securing successors, and training successors. Regarding the prefectural taxes, forest types and policies, which were implemented by the taxes, were reviewed in 18 prefectures. The differentiation of the tax uses of prefectural tax and FETT as a national tax was implemented based on the types of forest and supporting activities, and the spatial scales of forest management. The formation of FETT does not necessarily accompany the flexible assignment of jurisdictions and functions of multi-level governance, with potentially limiting impacts so far. This study could concretely conclude with the demand for participatory social learning toward sustainable forest policymaking and implementations of payment for ecosystem services in forests at the multi-levels of the national government, prefectures, and municipalities. Full article
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