Understanding the past, anticipating the future: assessment of recent changes in Slovenian forestry sector using qualitative methods
Leban, V., S. M. Pezdevsek, J. Krc, L. Zadnik-Stirn, D. G. Hodges, and M. C. Istenic.  2017.  Interconnecting Forests, Science and People, p. 68, In: Book of Abstracts from 125th Anniversary Meeting of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, Freiburg, Germany.

The Slovenian forestry sector experienced vast changes after the transfer of ownership and management rights to private forest owners in the early 1990s. The purpose of our qualitative methods explanatory study is to highlight these changes in the Slovenian forestry sector and identify their influence on the activities of the Slovenia Forest Service (SFS). We interviewed forestry professionals employed at the SFS on the assumption that their perspectives are important in shaping the delivery of public service for supporting forest management decisions of private forest owners. The results reveal that private forest owners gained importance and the role of the public forest service shifted from being an active manager to providing management recommendations. The interviewees also noted mainly minor changes in the forestry sector in the last decade, yet the changes occurred consistently throughout the period and significantly influenced SFS activities. Moreover, the decrease in financial and human resources affected all aspects of the SFS, though enhanced overall efficiency. According to the interviewees the potential opportunities to confront these challenges encompass evaluating the SFS purposes and tasks, strengthening national forest governance, increasing educational activities, and enhancing the tools and technology of the agency.