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PALETTO, Alessandro; DE MEO, Isabella  and  FERRETTI, Fabrizio. Participatory Governance in Forest Landscape Planning: an Application in Southern Italy. Silva Lus. [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.2, pp.149-163. ISSN 0870-6352.

Participatory governance in the decision-making process is basic to sustainable and successful management of natural resources. Stakeholders and local communities participation is a key element in forest landscape planning. In this field the Forest Landscape Management Plan (FLMP) is a tool of local governance which provides forest management guidelines on a landscape scale, which is the proper one to take into account the objectives and targets expressed by local actors and institutions. The paper presents the results of the process of stakeholders' consultation in a FLMP in a mountain district in Basilicata region, Southern Italy. After a preliminary stakeholders’ analysis, the 115 actors identified were consulted face-to-face through a structured questionnaire. The gathering and the organization of the preferences expressed by the stakeholders are a key step in the decision-making process. To take into consideration this information in the following phase of identification and exploration of planning alternatives is an effective way to include stakeholders' input in the decision-making process.

Keywords : Local governance; public participation; forest functions; Forest Landscape Management Plan (FLMP); Alto Agri district (Italy).

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