Progressively over time, forest owners have accused decreasing returns from their properties due to changes in demand and prices that many forest products have experienced. By contrast, the degree of protection of these areas has increased, and thus, their use has been limited, along with the use that society makes of these spaces.

In this context, the Forest Ownership Centre (Department of Environment and Housing of the Catalan Government) commissioned to ENT a study on the possibilities of regulation and compensation on uses that society makes of privately owned forests. In particular, the study focused on collection of mushrooms. The approach to the problem included a review of the legal framework to limit the uses on someone else’s private property. It also analysed several national and international experiences.

Finally, the study formulated a concrete proposal to regulate and compensate for the exploitation of mushrooms on the private properties within the “Els Ports” natural park (Catalonia).


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Centre de la Propietat Forestal