Analysis of the perceived condition of forests in the Czech Republic

https://doi.org/10.17221/64/2013-JFSCitation:Riedl M., Šišák L. (2013): Analysis of the perceived condition of forests in the Czech Republic. J. For. Sci., 59: 514-519.
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A realistic perception of the condition of forests, and the attributes of the forestry sector, by the public constitutes one of the basic prerequisites for successful implementation of forest policy in any country. Although data objectively demonstrate that the condition of Czech forests has improved, opinion polls show a gap between the public perception of the condition of Czech forests and the real status of these forests. The reasons for the discrepancy between reality and the perception of the public, and between the results of different surveys, are analysed. The most significant differences were found in perceptions of damage and threats to forests. The effectiveness of communication about forest policy is discussed, and some ways to create more effective communication are examined.
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