Characterization of Small Forest Landowners as a Basis for Sustainable Forestry Management in the Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region, Chile

Martín Fernández, Susana and Ruiz-Gozalvo, Francisca and Garfias-Salinas, Roberto (2019). Characterization of Small Forest Landowners as a Basis for Sustainable Forestry Management in the Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region, Chile. "Sustainability", v. 11 (n. 24); pp. 1-15. ISSN 2071-1050. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11247215.

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Title: Characterization of Small Forest Landowners as a Basis for Sustainable Forestry Management in the Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region, Chile
Author/s:
  • Martín Fernández, Susana
  • Ruiz-Gozalvo, Francisca
  • Garfias-Salinas, Roberto
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Sustainability
Date: December 2019
ISSN: 2071-1050
Volume: 11
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: small forest landowner; sclerophyllous forest; sustainable forest management; multivariate analysis
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Montes, Forestal y del Medio Natural (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería y Gestión Forestal y Ambiental
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Sclerophyllous forests are extremely sensitive to global warming, and the sclerophyllous forest in the possession of small forest landowners (SFLs) in the Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins Region in Chile is degraded in spite of their high ecological value. Due to the total lack of forest management, the yield obtained from native forests is very low, with highly intervened forests and intense soil erosion. The main contribution of this article is to present, for the first time, a study on the characterization and problems of 211 small forest landowners in this region of Chile. After interviewing the landowners, multivariate analysis techniques were applied to the results of the survey, which enabled four types of SFL to be identified. Differences were found in regard to the surface area of their properties and the products extracted, among others. However, they all had a similar social profile, low education level and little training in forest management, very advanced ages, a lack of initiative to create forest communities, and lack of basic services due to their isolation. The characterization of the SFLs allowed proposals to be designed for future sustainable forest management activities to help mitigate the continuous deterioration of the native forest and obtain products in a sustainable way and with greater yields, considering current legal aspects, access to subsidies, and specific forest training plans for each type of SFL.

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Item ID: 63158
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/63158/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:63158
DOI: 10.3390/su11247215
Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/24/7215
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 04 Nov 2020 13:01
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2020 13:46
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