Public perception on forestry issues in the Region of Valencia

  • M. Fabra-Crespo ETS Enginyeria agronòmica i del medi natural. Universitat Politècnica de València. Camí de Vera s/n, 46022, Valencia
  • B. Mola-Yudego School of Forest Sciences, University of Eastern Finland PO Box 111, 80101, Joensuu.
  • D. Gritten RECOFTC - The Center for People and Forests, P.O. Box 1111, Kasetsart Post Office, Bangkok 10903
  • E. Rojas-Briales ETS Enginyeria agronòmica i del medi natural. Universitat Politècnica de València. Camí de Vera s/n, 46022, Valencia.


Are the policies designed by decision-makers differing from society’s wishes and preferences? The present paperanalyzes the divergences between forest policy and public opinion in the Region of Valencia (Comunidad Valenciana)in Eastern Spain. The data is based on an extensive telephone survey of the general public on their perception of forestryissues. The issues studied include attitudes regarding forest fires, silvicultural treatments, the externalities producedby forest owners, and the state forest service’s role related to these issues. In total, the answers of 823 respondentswere analyzed using classification trees. The results of the analysis showed a large divergence between the desires,preferences and priorities of society, on the one hand, and the policies implemented by the regional government, onthe other. The study concludes that communication strategies concerning sustainable forest management need to befurther developed by the responsible authorities, with the input of the research community.


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How to Cite
Fabra-CrespoM., Mola-YudegoB., GrittenD., & Rojas-BrialesE. (2012). Public perception on forestry issues in the Region of Valencia. Forest Systems, 21(1), 99-110.
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