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Vassiliki Kazana

Vassiliki Kazana
International Hellenic University, Greece · Forest & Natural Environment Sciences

Ph.D. University of Edinburgh UK

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Introduction
Vassiliki Kazana currently works at the International Hellenic University, Department of Forestry & Natural Environment at Drama, Greece.

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Publications (40)
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In the current study, a novel approach combining quantile regression with nonlinear mixed-effects (QR-NLME) modeling was applied to predict the maximum crown width (cwmax) of three economically important forest species—the European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.), the black pine (Pinus nigra Arn.), and the Calabrian pine (Pinus brutia Ten.) at tree leve...
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Key message Height–diameter models were developed specifically for Pinus nigra Arn., an important commercially species extending in the Mediterranean and central Europe region. The accuracy of the proposed models is expected to substantially improve the tree volume and total biomass estimations. Abstract Three types of nonlinear height–diameter mo...
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Abstract One of the basic indicators required to assess and monitor sustainable forest management at the national level within the mandatory for the EU countries FOREST EUROPE policy initiative concerns the area occupied by the protective forests. However, within this policy, no operational harmonised definition of the 'protective forest' term has...
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Total height is one of the basic morphometric tree variables included in all forest management inventories, because it is connected with several forest processes and functions related to the estimation of the woody tree volume and sustainable forest yield. The current research, based on a total sample of 1059 measured Black pine (Pinus nigra Arn.)...
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A complex Green Infrastructure (GI) plan has been recently put into operation in the city of Drama located in the northeastern part of Greece, aiming at the upgrading of the environmental, bioclimatic, and economic conditions of the city downtown area. Within the project, a governance network has been established to promote active social participat...
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A complex Green Infrastructure (GI) plan has been designed for the city of Drama, which is located in northeastern Greece. This plan is being implemented since 2018 and it is expected to be completed in the succeeding three years. The Drama city GI plan aims to upgrade and enhance the bioclimatic, environmental and socioeconomic conditions of the d...
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Sustainable forest management should be pursued in all public forests of the EU countries, as this constitutes a legal requirement within the frame of the FOREST EUROPE policy. However, the forest management sustainability assessment process is a complex task, mainly because it involves integration of multiple environmental, socio-economic and inst...
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Volume models were developed and tested for Pinus nigra Arn., Fagus sylvatica L., and Quercus pubescens Willd. to accurately predict the woody stem volume at tree level, since despite the economic importance of these species in the Mediterranean type of forests standard models do not apply. Using a total non-destructive sample of 471 trees in mount...
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Crown size estimations are of vital importance in forest management practice. This paper presents nonlinear models that were developed for crown width prediction of Black pine (Pinus nigra Arn.) natural, pure, even-aged stands in Olympus Mountain, central Greece. Using a number of measured characteristics at tree and plot level from 66 sample plots...
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Η δασική διακυβέρνηση µε την συµµετοχή των τοπικών κοινωνιών θεωρείται ιδιαίτερα σηµαντική για την επίτευξη της αειφορικής διαχείρισης των δασών και την παρακολούθηση της εφαρµογής της. Η παρούσα εργασία περιγράφει ένα πιλοτικό τοπικό πρότυπο δασικής διακυβέρνησης που δηµιουργήθηκε και λειτούργησε στην δασική περιοχή του Κ.Νευροκοπίου Δράµας. Η εργ...
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Decisions related to the use of genetically modified (GM) forest trees could be more rational if they would take into account socio-economic considerations in addition to environmental risk assessment. This chapter presents an overview of available socio-economic approaches and tools for assessment of GM forest crops and presents options for their...
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Information on public awareness and acceptance issues regarding the use of Genetically Modified (GM) trees in forestry is lacking, although such information is available for GM organisms in agriculture. This is mainly due to the fact that in Europe there is no authorization for commercial planting of GM forest trees. To address this issue and withi...
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Transgenic forest products are not currently purchased in the markets mainly due to lack of transgenic forest plantations. This is partly associated with the early stage of development of GM trees and also due to biosafety concerns and the existing regulation frameworks, particularly in Europe. However, due to the increased global demand for wood p...
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Information on public attitudes towards the use of transgenic trees in forest plantations is important in the decision-making process and policy implementation for safe tree development, particularly at the EU level. In Europe, the use of transgenic forest trees is very limited and therefore such information is completely lacking. To address this i...
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This paper aims to examine the attitudes of the consumers in Greece towards the use of biotechnology in forest plantations and their potential purchases of forest transgenic products. Three groups of factors related the consumers' attitude on the use of biotechnology in forest plantations with the potential purchases of transgenic forest products:...
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The overall forest project contribution to sustainability is considered as a nonlinear function of the individual sustainabilities and it is constructed logically by using fuzzy logic. Specialist experts using the MEDMONT spatially referenced impact indicator models evaluate each subsystem. Natural resource impact changes are estimated with the NRE...
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The water and forest relationship has been recognized for a long time as a key issue for sustainable forest management planning, considering both socioeconomic interests and environmental concerns. However, there is still a need to clarify these interests and concerns particularly in the frame of different policy initiatives, such as Forest Europe...
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Recently, the interest in wood products and bioenergy applications of transgenic forest trees is increasing worldwide, though plantations have been established to this purposes only in China. Information on the anticipated attitudes of consumers towards products from genetically-modified forest trees would therefore be of a particular interest both...
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This paper aims at exploring consumers' purchasing behaviour towards paper products that could be derived from transgenic plantations. Field interviews were conducted to a randomly selected sample of 205 consumers, who declared that they would buy such paper products. Principal Components Analysis indicated that the main factors affecting consumers...
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A survey was carried out during a workshop of the Greek National Forest Governance Council to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for sustainable forest management assessment in Greece. The National Forest Governance Council was established within the frame of the INFORM project financed through LIFE. Its main role is to s...
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Through the INFORM-LIFE project an android application was developed in order to provide easy access to the project’s knowledge base of MCPFE Criteria and Indicators for sustainable management of Greece’s forests.
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Forest wood biomass can address multiple energy needs in the form of firewood, chips, charcoal, briquettes and pellets, as well as feedstock needs for the biofuels industry in renewable ways. Short rotation coppiced hardwoods mainly of poplars, willows and sycamores have been recognized as the most promising for energy production, but for industria...
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FP0905 is aimed at evaluating the scientifi c knowledge of genetically modifi ed trees (GMT) related to biosafety protocols and coordinating existing and new information from various European countries. This will help to provide a basis for future EU policy and regulation recommendations regarding the use of GM forest trees. The COST Action FP0905...
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This paper aims at exploring consumers’ purchasing behaviour towards wood products that could be derived from transgenic plantations. Field interviews were conducted and analysis was performed on a sample of 231 consumers, who declared that they would buy such wood products. Principal Components Analysis indicated that the main factors affecting co...
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Quality of life concerns in rural development planning and management processes at the local level need to be identified and evaluated through participatory bottom–up approaches. This paper provides an overview of the main issues related to the quality of life concept in the context of rural sustainable development and discusses the need for operat...
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A multiple criteria interactive modelling framework has been developed to support forest resource allocation decisions in the context of multiple use forest management at the tactical level. The modelling framework consists of four components: (i) Intelligence, referring to the forest management problem formulation; (ii) design, which uses a techno...

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We kindly invite you to submit a research or review paper to the special issue " Current Advances on Ecological Modeling for Sustainable Forest Management" of the MDPI open access journal Sustainability (Impact factor: 2.592). The submission deadline is February 28, 2021. The full call for paper can be accessed through mdpi/si/41888. We welcome any questions and discussions for potential submissions.

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Dear Colleagues, Sustainable forest management requires complex and wide ranging information particularly related to forest inventory quantitative assessments and monitoring. Such information should characterize forest growth attributes at tree and stand level, forest structure and forest composition, and it should be accurate, up to date and spatially referenced. Remote Sensing technology, such as airborne laser scanning (ALS), terrestrial laser scanning (TLS), digital aerial photogrammetry (DAP), high spatial resolution (HSR) and very high spatial resolution (VHSR) satellite optical imagery is gradually replacing traditional inventory approaches in terms of data acquisition both through direct measurements or indirect through modeling approaches. Several challenges are being faced by researchers and analysts related to accuracy, scale, cost, technical capacity and data processing methods for sustainable forest management decision making at all levels; operational, tactical and strategic. This Special Issue calls for high quality updated research papers focused on the use of remote sensing technology for multi-scale data collection, data processing and predictive modeling approaches on forest growth and yield attributes, tree structure detection, forest structure and forest composition related to all kind of forest species. Please follow this link for potential submissions: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/forests/special_issues/02YZR419OX