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SEEFOR 3 (1): 41-48
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15177/seefor.12-05  

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Conflicts Between Forestry and Wood-Processing Industry in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Reasons, Actors and Possible Solutions

Bruno Marić 1*, Mersudin Avdibegović 1, Doni Blagojević 2, Dženan Bećirović 1, Amila Brajić 1, Senka Mutabdžija 1, Sabina Delić 1, Špela Pezdevšek Malovrh 3

1 Faculty of Forestry, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
2 European Forest Institute, Joensuu, Finland
3 Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Forestry, Ljubljanja, Slovenia

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MARIĆ B, AVDIBEGOVIĆ M, BLAGOJEVIĆ D, BEĆIROVIĆ DŽ, BRAJIĆ A, MUTABDŽIJA S, DELIĆ S, PEZDEVŠEK MALOVRH Š 2012 Conflicts Between Forestry and Wood-Processing Industry in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Reasons, Actors and Possible Solutions. South-east Eur for 3 (1): 41-48. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15177/seefor.12-05 

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Background and Purpose: Caused by appearance of new stakeholders and diversification of their interests towards forests, different forest-related conflicts emerged worldwide. As a country with economy in transition and relatively young democracy, Bosnia-Herzegovina might be suitable for understanding the roots, actors and varieties of these conflicts. This paper deals with the most frequent forest-related conflicts, main actors involved as well as undertaken actions in order to manage them in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Material and Methods: The theoretical framework is based on the Conflict Management Progress Triangle consisting of three dimensions of conflict: substance, process and relations. As particular focus in this paper is given to conflicts between forestry and wood-processing industry, the primary parties in this study were public forestry companies and wood processing companies. For the purpose of this survey a special questionnaire has been designed. The survey population included the most important actors of forest and wood-processing industry as follows: ministries of forestry, nature protection and physical planning at all levels, managers/owners of wood-processing companies, managers of public forest companies and public forest administration, representatives of the most important environmental NGOs and professional associations, managers of protected areas and water management authorities, heads of forest research institutions, economy of chambers and international institutions. In total 136 questionnaires were collected, out of which 68 respondents identified conflicts between forestry and wood-processing industry as the most important ones.
Results and Conclusion: The numerical (tabulated) yield table of normative nature presents data given to six yield classes (base age: 25 years) including the most important stand structural and yield features expressing in terms of main stand, removing stand (which can be removed in tending operations) and the total stand. It is based on the Hungarian applied tending operations’ practice. The published yield table has already been utilized in the field of the relevant forest inventory as well.

Keywords: Forest-related conflicts, forestry, wood-processing industry, conflict management, Bosnia-Herzegovina


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