Mariana Melnykovych

Mariana Melnykovych
Bern University of Applied Sciences | BFH

PhD in Economics of natural resource use & environmental protection

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Introduction
Mariana completed her PhD at National Forestry Uni (UA)&James Hutton Institute (UK). Her primary research interests: sustainable & multifunctional management & use of natural assets, intern. forest policy & governance, socio-ecological innovations, stakeholders evaluation & engagement, climate change resilient land-use. Mariana is IUFRO Office holder & IUFRO Unit Deputy Coordinator on Social innovation & entrepreneurship (https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-4/40000/40500/40505/).
Additional affiliations
September 2019 - October 2021
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL
Position
  • ESKAS PostDoc Position & Guest Researcher
Education
December 2015 - May 2019
James Hutton Institute
Field of study
  • PhD
December 2015 - May 2019
National Forestry University in UA
Field of study

Publications

Publications (81)
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Social innovation literature focuses commonly on roles of cooperation in addressing co‐evolution of civil society initiatives and state‐based governance toward sustainable solutions. However, roles of conflicts in driving social change are scarcely addressed in social innovation literature. We elaborated a concept of bottom‐linked environmental gov...
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In a context of political and economic austerity, social innovation has been presented as a solution to many social challenges, old and new. It aims to support the introduction of new ideas in response to the current urgent needs and challenges of vulnerable groups and seems to offer promising solutions to the challenges faced by rural areas. Yet t...
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Mountain forests can assist in reducing societal vulnerability of forest dependent communities. • A combined DPSIR-ES approach proved to be useful for identifying human responses. • The heterogeneity of perceptions reflecting on forest related decision-making has been untangled. • Expert evaluation of the FSES can assist in designing policy and pra...
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As European mountain forests are a significant world carbon stock and sequester, they have a prominent position in climate policies and climate smart forestry (CSF) implementation. However, forest ecosystem services (ES) that are public or common goods (i.e., of carbon sequestration) face a traditional social dilemma of individual versus collective...
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Der «IDANE Wald+ Science-Policy Dialogue» ist eine erweiterte Diskussionsplattform zu internationalen waldpolitischen Themen mit spezifischen Beiträgen aus der Schweizer Wissenschaft. Im Dezember 2021 organisierte die Abteilung Wald des Bundesamts für Umwelt (BAFU) die erste Sitzung des IDANE Wald+. Die zweite Sitzung findet im Oktober 2022 zum The...
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In this paper, we determine the role of knowledge in the development and consolidation of social innovation (SI) on the revitalisation of traditional farming in marginalised rural settings. We seek to address the following questions: (i) how the co‐production of knowledge in SI initiatives for the revitalisation of traditional farming might influen...
Conference Paper
In this paper, based on examples from the UK and beyond, we advance conceptual and practical knowledge of social innovation and suggest on using it to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals and those of Green Recovery. We demonstrate that social innovation can assist in tackling societal challenges and utilising the opportunities available and n...
Presentation
Land use change, the demand for timber and wood fuel, climate change and recently the COVID19 pandemic, put forest ecosystems under increasing pressure. Furthermore and consequently, these ecosystems are now threatened by numerous disturbances e.g., insect infestations and pathogens, droughts, windthrow, landslides, invasive species and increasing...
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In this paper, we elaborate an Institutional Analysis and Reconfiguration Framework centered around the ‘action arena’ theoretical approach. We develop this framework to analyze institutional reconfiguration to enhance sustainability, and operationalize it using research methods which focus on documentation of the institutional contexts through an...
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In this paper, in the context of the development of bio-economy the Ukraine's Carpathians, we explore existing demands for forest ecosystem services at a local level, as well as institutional capabilities (including the emergence of social innovation) and practical issues of the contribution of non-wood forest products and services (NWFP&S) to the...
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A session proposal for the The Forum Carpaticum 21-25 May 2021 in Brno http://carpathianscience.org/forum/forum-carpaticum-2020/
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A session proposal for The Forum Carpaticum 21-25 May 2021 in Brno http://carpathianscience.org/forum/forum-carpaticum-2020/
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Social innovation (SI) impacts are long-term changes that affect different dimensions of territorial capital (i.e., economy, society, environment, governance) for the territory in which SI occurs. Yet, systematic empirical evidence and theoretically sound assessments of the impacts of SI are scarce. This paper aims to fill the gap and assess the di...
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Social innovations can tackle various challenges related to gender equity in rural areas, especially when such innovations are initiated and developed by women themselves. We examine cases located in rural areas of Canada, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, and Serbia, where women are mar-ginalized by gender roles, patriarchal values, male dominated economy...
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Social innovation is perceived as a collaborative response from civic society actors to societal challenges, and as such is increasingly being recognised as a drive to advance sustainable development. Social innovation promotes civic values, particularly in marginalised rural areas that are often struggling with biophysical and market limits, as we...
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Land use change, the demand for timber and wood fuel, climate change and recently the COVID19 pandemic, put forest ecosystems under increasing pressure. Furthermore and consequently, these ecosystems are now threatened by numerous disturbances e.g., insect infestations and pathogens, droughts, windthrow, landslides, invasive species and increasing...
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Social innovation is recognised for its potential to turn societal challenges into opportunities and develop sustainable solutions for people and nature. We identify and examine challenges that Ukrainian forestry is facing and apply an "action arena" conceptual approach to explore whether and how social innovation can enhance the sustainable develo...
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The increasingly tangible impacts of climate change, accelerating socio‐economic dynamics and growing demand of the civil society for forest ecosystem services (FES) call for an adjustment of forest management (FM) and governance practices. Responding to these challenges in a flexible and sustainable way is particularly important for small‐scale, c...
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The recent international policy developments fostering a European bio-economy is gradually increasing the forest owners awareness of the potential of non-wood goods. This potential is related to the multiplicity of resources available and a huge portfolio of potential industrial products that can be derived out of them .In addressing these question...
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Social innovation is considered a relevant concept to tackle societal challenges and needs in rural areas and to promote smart, inclusive and sustainable growth. The characterising sector of rural areas is agriculture; therefore, the focus of this paper is on social innovation in the field of social farming. Among the many factors leading to the em...
Technical Report
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This report presents the lessons learnt from the local workshops held by the seven social innovation actions on grassroots initiatives across Europe and the Mediterranean basin. In total 11 workshops held and have attracted more than 170 participants from across the range of relevant backgrounds and responsibilities in policy, business, civic socie...
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Innovation actions within European Horizon 2020 (H2020) projects aim at testing research results in practice. When supporting social innovations in rural areas, such testing requires the alignment of several rural actors in order to entail behavioral changes beyond the individual level. Recently, social innovation has been recognized as an importan...
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This report presents analyses of the experiences of the seven Social Innovation Actions undertaken in the SIMRA project. The aim of the report is to pool the knowledge gained in the practical implementation of Social Innovations in marginalised rural areas. As a result of the analysis, several elements have emerged as crucial for Social Innovation...
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Ukrainian national environmental and energy policies target an energy transition towards renewables. The country has abundant agricultural and forestry bioenergy resources. In the densely-forested regions, first of all the Carpathians, energy wood is the most prominent bioenergy source used to meet the heat demands of households and public building...
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In this paper, we explore demands for forest ecosystem services at a local level, in the Ukraine's Carpathians, as well as institutional capabilities and practical issues of the contribution of non-wood forest products and services (NWFP&S) to the well-being of rural communities. In our research, we applied participatory techniques (based on stakeh...
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Is there a transition in forest governance in Ukraine? What are the pathways to change? How do people see the future? What are the dominant public attitudes concerning the transition? What policies can be designed and operationalised using socially innovative tools, strategies and adaptive management practices? We conducted a national level survey...
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The settlement Vlkolinec (Slovakia), thanks to its isolated location (Fig. 1), preserved the historical character of a small rural settlement, and unique cultural and natural heritage with a significance extending beyond Slovakia (Fig., 2, 3 and 4). It attracts more than 70,000 visitors per year. Vlkolinec was declared as Reserve of Folk Architectu...
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Tuning participatory processes is often insufficient to achieve transition from authoritative state to democratic and participatory forest governance due to institutional inertia and unwillingness to truly decentralize decision-making power. Social innovations as reconfigurations of relationships between state, market actors, civil society and scie...
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We studied the role of human values in social innovations (SIs) in four forest-dependent communities (FDCs) in Europe. We draw on 71 semi-structured interviews with FDC members in Finland, Slovenia, the UK and Ukraine, and a survey of householders (n = 150) and focus group interviews with related stakeholders in Ukraine. The material collected was...
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We studied the role of human values in social innovations (SIs) in four forest-dependent communities (FDCs) in Europe. We draw on 71 semi-structured interviews with FDC members in Finland, Slovenia, the UK and Ukraine, and a survey of householders (n = 150) and focus group interviews with related stakeholders in Ukraine. The material collected was...
Technical Report
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In this report we present results of evaluation of 11 Social Innovation Case Studies. The assessments of the Social Innovations were based upon three main blocks. The first step of the evaluation of the social innovation initiative focuses on five evaluation criteria: Relevance, Efficiency, Effectiveness, Impacts and Sustainability (REEIS). This wa...
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Attention to social innovation and its role in sustainable development have been rising. However, the knowledge of social innovation pertaining to rural areas, including the forestry sector is lacking. Therefore, in this Special Issue of Forest Policy and Economics we exchange understandings and advance scientific knowledge of the role and place of...
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In this paper, we focus on theoretical and methodological approaches to evaluate the development of the Carpathian region. First, based on interviews with stakeholders, we identify challenges that these mountain areas are facing. Then, using the DPSIR framework, we categorize drivers of changes in these complex, socio-ecological systems, and their...
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This Special Issue, as largely a product of the H2020 SIMRA project and its Thematic Session organised at the 125th Anniversary IUFRO Congress in 2017, is a contribution to advancing and exchanging scientific knowledge of social innovation in the context of forestry. A purpose of this Issue is also to promote social learning; contribute ideas on so...
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Bioenergy, in particular energy wood, can play a decisive role in the transition to a new energy system [1]. In particular in forested regions, it is an obvious choice to use the re-growing resources nearby, especially as the intensified use of energy wood could also strengthen regional added values. Despite these undoubted benefits, the answer to...
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Energy cooperatives, "zero non-renewables" towns and other community initiatives in renewable energy (RE) are emerging across the world, in particular, in Europe and the North America. Such social initiatives vary in size, success rates and implementation strategies. Decentralization consistently appears to be one of the most important characterist...
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1 Міністерство освіти і науки України Міністерство екології і природних ресурсів України Львівський національний університет імені Івана Франка Географічний факультет, кафедра раціонального використання природних ресурсів і охорони природи Департамент екології та природних ресурсів Львівської обласної державної адміністрації ПРИРОДНІ РЕСУРСИ РЕГІОН...
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In this paper, based on our study conducted in Ukraine, we identify existing attitudes of forest related stakeholders towards sustainable forest management (SFM). To gain a better understanding of perceptions of forestry professionals and other stakeholders associated with implementation of SFM initiatives in forestry a survey was implemented in Lv...
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The reality of forest sector in Ukraine doesn't correspond fully to high societal expectations. The issues of illegal logging and corruption, management of multiple ecosystem services, the recent ban on round wood export, a lack of transparency have become a concern not only for NGOs but also for mass-media and local communities. It has caused an i...
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There are wide selection of scientific sessions highlighting innovative research and interdisciplinary research approaches of relevance to forests, and focus on the transfer of scientific knowledge on critical global forest-related challenges to national and international political agendas. This "Congress Spotlight" article on Remote forest-depende...
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Exploring challenges to sustainability in the provision of ecosystems services by upland forests
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Проаналізовано сутність понять «якість життя» та «добробут» з погляду підходу еколого-економічної теорії. Особливу увагу звернено на значення лісових екосистем для забезпечення добробуту лісозалежних громад гірських територій. На основі аналізу наукових публікацій та власних досліджень виявлено тісний взаємозв’язок між рівнем добробуту громад та по...
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The essence of the concept of “quality of life” and “well-being” in terms of ecological economics theory approach discussed. In particular attention is paid to the importance of forest ecosystems for well-being of forest dependent communities in mountain areas. Well-being in forest-dependent communities has long been discussed in the context of com...
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Well-being is a term used for describing the general conditions of an individual or group, for example their social, economic, ecological, psychological, spiritual or medical state. High well-being means that, in some sense, the individual or group’s experience is positive. The concept of “community well-being” is one of the frameworks for communit...
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In the paper the role of forests and forests products in well-being of mountains forest dependent communities’ in the Ukrainian Carpathians studied and analyzed. It is analyzed how ease for local communities is to get legal access to obtaining forest products including wood and non-timber forest products, hunting and grazing rights. Socio-economic...
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In the paper the role of forests and forests products in well-being of mountains forest dependent communities’ in the Ukrainian Carpathians studied and analyzed. It is analyzed how ease for local communities is to get legal access to obtaining forest products including wood and non-timber forest products, hunting and grazing rights. Socio-economic...