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Abraham E.M.,Laboratory of Range Science | Theodoropoulos K.,Laboratory of Forest Botany Geobotany | Eleftheriadou E.,Laboratory of Forest Botany Geobotany | Ragkos A.,ATEI | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Environmental Protection and Ecology

Forest products can be distinguished into wood and non-wood. Non-wood forest products are defined as all the products other than wood derived from forests, shrubs and tree plantations. The main sources of these products are trees, understory plants, mushrooms, and animals. The purpose of the present study was to record the herbaceous and woody taxa of the understory of a deciduous oak forest in Cholomon Chalkidiki, Greece and to classify them into the following categories based on their potential use according to the FAO criteria: (1) Edible; (2) Medicinal and aromatic; (3) Forage; (4) Ornamental, and (5) Dyes. A total of 275 herbaceous and woody taxa were recorded. The majority (76%) of the recorded taxa was classified in one or more of the above categories and their economic value was assessed in terms of their potential uses. Then, the implications of the potential development of commercial activities based on these plants were investigated with a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis. It is demonstrated that there are opportunities for the sector which would be beneficial for the local population. Source

Kang H.M.,Laboratory of Forest Policy | Kang H.M.,Chonbuk National University | Choi S.I.,Sunchon National University | Sato N.,Sunchon National University
Journal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University

The analysis of forest sink policies against climate change in major advanced nations including EU,. Source

Choi S.I.,Laboratory of Forest Policy | Choi S.I.,Sunchon National University | Kang H.M.,Laboratory of Forest Policy | Kang H.M.,Chonbuk National University | Sato N.,Laboratory of Forest Policy
Journal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University

The government defines ecc-friendly lumbering industry as its essential challenge for fostering of forest business and raising of its competitiveness and aims at 17% of wood self-supply ratio in 2017 from 10% of it in 2005, as well as promotes stable supply system of wood, improvement of timer production and distribution system, industrial application of wood resources, supply expansion of lumbering industry, credibility of domestic materials, and development of processing technologies. However, the financial difficulty has been deteriorated because of economic slump and export limitation of countries with wood resources and therefore total output of lumbering industry was reduced by 7% to 2500 billion KRW in 2008 than that in 2007 and the number of general lumbering companies was also reduced by 10% from 674 in 2007 to 609 in 2008. Although researches on lumbering companies and wood industry include research on development measures of wood industry and analysis of environmental factors affecting wood supply, recently these researches are not active so much and there is few study on management cases for lumbering companies by regions. Thus in this study investigation in order to seek problems on management and future developmental direction was conducted against lumbering enterprises located in Gapyeong-gun and Pocheon-si that have larger areas of artificial forest with Korean white pine and larch compared with other regions in Gyeonggi Province. As a result, it was found that there were some factors making management of lumbering enterprises more difficult, including increase of items substituting wood, outworn lumbering facility, decrease of demand for lumbering product from economic slump as well as raise of wood price and labor costs. Therefore, it was identified that for enhancement of public beneficial function of forest through fostering of lumbering enterprises and expansion of domestic material consumption, and production of large diameter log with good quality, it was needed to prepare various support plans such as tax reduction and exemption and financial support for lumbering enterprise. Source

Lee C.H.,Laboratory of Forest Policy | Lee C.H.,Chonbuk National University | Rang H.M.,Laboratory of Forest Policy | Rang H.M.,Kyeonggi do Forest Environment Research Station | And 3 more authors.
Journal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University

Although the cultivated mountain ginseng is recognized as a highly profitable crop recently and its cultivation area increases largely, there are also several challenges such as authenticity of the cultivated mountain ginseng, absence of certification system through production history of the cultivated mountain ginseng, price lowering by overproduction, and lack of processed goods. The government determines detailed promotion plans including propagation of clean cultivated mountain ginseng production technology, expansion of cultivated mountain ginseng production history system, financial support for production, and establishment of legal basis for fostering the cultivated mountain ginseng. Studies concerned with management of the cultivated mountain ginseng, are limitation factors in making the cultivated mountain ginseng a resource, economic analysis, improvement direction of forest policies, production state and tasks in Jinan-gun, but there are not many management case studies by regions. Therefore, this study performed a survey to seek problems in cultivation and management of the cultivated mountain ginseng and its developmental direction on farms in Kyeonggi-do and Jeollabuk-do. It was resulted that in Kyeonggi-do and Jeollabuk-do, income from the cultivated mountain ginseng accounted for 38% and 34% of average gross income of each farm, so the economic contribution of cultivated mountain ginseng to the cultivation farms were large. However, it was also found that quite a number of subjects were not confident of authenticity of seeds and seedlings of cultivated mountain ginseng which they sowed and planted by themselves and that there were many challenges such as theft damage, lack of economic support required for its cultivation and management, passive lease of national and public forest, frustrated introduction of cultivated mountain ginseng certification system, and insufficient market, so it was concluded that preparation of solution for these challenges were needed. Source

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