Carbon smart forestry

Environmental sustainability; Governance

The social innovation is the reestablishment of the forest common in the process of transition, where the most important fact is, that the members of the common as the first decided, to manage the restored property as a traditional common, what was the opposite to practices that developed in other cases, where the new owners strove to fully privatize their restored properties. So even as this was not foreseen with the legislation at the time, they reintroduced the old commoners’ rules, and internally managed their property by them. Later they even used their experience to lobby for the change of the particular legislation on the commons. This change finally happened in 2016.
The common is located in the area where strong wind (Bora) is very common and the maintained standing forest actually represents a kind of local windshield against it, so the sustainable forest management is traditionally present. Also because the area was historically often under the pressure of foreign reign the inhabitants are showing the higher level of social capital, as it is typical for the Slovenians.

Networking; Assistance & Advice; Project management
Ministry of agriculture, Forestry and food; Agricultural commons association

• The results of the forestry production in their common show that with adopted management are actually following the EUSTAFOR climate change mitigation forestry guidelines more effective as other forest management systems..
• The environmental impact was that the forest, which was in socialists times considered to be less interesting for the forestry industry and so left unmaintained, became properly managed and with the surpassing the traditional individual forest management also proved more effective.
• The social benefit is shown in the example that collective management of natural resources can be effective both in economic and environmental aspects

* Information at the level of NUTS 3 or local regions.