Forest policy means setting public aims and goals for forestry. It also means choosing, regulating and implementing policy for fulfilment of the aims and goals, and monitoring the achievements. The terms that often come up in the context of forest policy are values, interests, and conflicts.
Generally, the main aim of forest policy is sustainable forest management, for the benefit of people and nature. However, partly for historical reasons, the development of forest policy has been rather dissimilar in different parts of Europe.
Two essential elements of policy can usefully be distinguished - objectives and instruments.
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