T10Q: Top Ten Questions for ForestryThe T10Q project has been undertaken by a research group based at the University of Oxford, and has been looking at ways in which we can build links between practice, science and policy in forestry. It has been supported by the Sylva Foundation, and led by DPhil research student Gillian Petrokofsky.
Four hundred and eighty people responded to online surveys and suggested almost 1600 questions that they believed to be of vital importance to forestry research in the UK and Ireland. A workshop was held in Oxford in 2009 to discuss the main themes from the surveys. This led to the identification of the Top Ten Questions for Forestry:
- What are the most technically and cost effective ways of identifying, monitoring, and controlling invasive species, pests and disease?
- How can we achieve better understanding between foresters and other parts of society?
- What are the most effective landscape planting schemes to ensure connectivity between woodland fragments whilst maintaining connectivity between other landuse types?
- How will climate change affect both natural forest ecosystems and forestry and how should management be adapted to minimise adverse impacts and optimise benefits?
- What is the value of forestry to human health and well-being?
- Who are the private woodland owners and how can they be engaged and influenced? What are their concerns?
- Which parts of forest ecosystems form the largest and most stable carbon pools and how are these impacted by forest management and climate change?
- How can we address the economic, environmental, social and institutional constraints of expanding woodfuel in the UK?
- What species or provenances should we be considering in relation to a range of forestry systems including urban and agroforestry, in the light of climate change?
- What are the barriers to knowledge transfer in forestry from research to practice and how can they be removed?
PublicationsTwo papers have been published describing the process and the results:
- Petrokofsky G, et al. (2010) A participatory process for identifying and prioritizing policy-relevant research questions in natural resource management: a case study from the UK forestry sector. Forestry.
- Petrokofsky G, Hemery G, Brown N. (2008) Knowledge feeds decision making: the people's say in UK forestry. Quarterly Journal of Forestry 102: 221-225 pp.
Both papers are available for download in the forest policy section of our library.
The research project also looks at the wider issue of evidence-based policy making in forestry and the role of systematic reviews. More information on these topics is found on the Google Group Evidence-based Forestry. A systematic review on methods of carbon stock assessment in terrestrial biomass is currently being progressed under the UN-REDD programme.