Policy Options for Private Forest Owners in Western Balkans: A Qualitative Study
Keywords:Bosnia Herzegovina; Croatia; Serbia; forest owners associations
Private forest owners start to play an important role in Western Balkans' forestry and they are essential to the successful implementation of environmental policies. Little is known about how forest policy can support private forest owners in these countries and therefore this study was conducted through a qualitative method, based on personal interviews with representatives of 54 stakeholders that include state forest authorities and administration, private forest owners associations, forest science and research and private sector in Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia. The results show significant homogeneity across the region towards the creation of independent interest forest owners associations based on financial support. Regression analysis identified stakeholder attitudes as significant predictors of policy preferences and also identified owners of production forests as more supportive of such policies.
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