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Tanya Baycheva



Tanya Baycheva- Merger

MSc Environmental Sciences

Professur für Forst- und Umweltpolitik
Tennenbacher Str. 4

D - 79106 Freiburg i. Br.

Telefon: (0761) 203 - 8690
Telefax: (0761) 203 -3705


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Tanya Baycheva-Merger works as a Researcher at the Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy Group at Albert-Ludwig University Freiburg (Germany).She holds a MSc. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Cologne (Germany) and a BSc. in Environmental and Resource Management from the Technical University of Bradenburg (BTU), Cottbus (Germany). Her main research interests are in the area of forest policy instruments and institutions. Specific interests are forest information use and exchang and criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management. 

Starting from February 2016, she works on her PhD project titled: "Forest information exchange in Europe: an actor-centred institutionalist  approach".

Before joining the University of Freiburg, Tanya worked as a researcher at the European Forest Institute (EFI) and as a consultant at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Current Projects:

·         Distributed, integrated and harmonized forest information for bioeconomy outlooks (DIABOLO)



  • Baycheva-Merger, T, Sotirov, M. (2020): The politics of an EU forest information system: unpacking distributive conflicts associated with the strategic use of forest information. Forest Policy and Economics 112: 102-110. : http://10.1016/j.forpol.2020.102110


  • Baycheva-Merger, T. (2019). Forest policy information networks and the role of trust:  cooperative  and  competitive  orientations  and  underlying  causes. In Forests 2019, 10(4), 359; DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/f10040359  


  • Baycheva-Merger T., Sotirov M., Holmgren S and Selter A. (2018) Institutional and Actor-Oriented Factors Constraining Expert-Based Forest Information Exchange in Europe: A Policy Analysis from an Actor-Centred Institutionalist Approach. Forests 9(3), 129; doi: 10.3390/f9030129 


  • Baycheva-Merger T., Sotirov M., Holmgren S., Selter A. (2017). The institutional barriers of forest information exchange in the European Union. Abstract book of the  IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress, 18 – 22 September 2017, Freiburg, Germany, p. 317
  • Holmgren, S., Sotirov, M., Baycheva- Merger, T.,  Selter, A., Blum, M (2017). The politics of forest information in EU: mapping use, provision, gaps and challenges related to forest information exchange. Abstract book of the  IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress, 18 – 22 September 2017, Freiburg, Germany, p. 72
  • Linser, S.,  Payn, T.,  Baycheva-Merger, T.,  Lier,  Gritten, D., Robertson, G., Laclau, P., Jafari M., Wolfslehner B. (2017). 25 years of C&I for SFM - Did they make a difference? Abstract book of the  IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress, 18 – 22 September 2017, Freiburg, Germany, p. 271
  • Holmgren S. ,  Sotirov M., Baycheva-Merger T., Selter A., Blum M.,  Schadauer K., Freudenschuss A. (2017). Synthesis report on data demand and data provision, including data flows at the science-policy management interface and the barriers of data flows. DIABOLO D1.3


  • Holmgren S., Sotirov M., Baycheva-Merger T., Selter A. Kleinschmit D., Winkel G. (2016). List of data demanded by policies, political decision makers and key forest managers at different political levels and across different policy areas. DIABOLO D1.2


  • Baycheva-Merger T., Sotirov M., Winkel G., Kleinschmit D. (2015).List of policies relevant for sustainable multi-purpose forestry at EU level. DIABOLO D1.1
  • Baycheva-Merger T. and Wolfslehner, B. (2015). Evaluating the implementation of the pan-European C&I for SFM – A SWOT Analysis. In:  Ecological Indicators 60 (2016) 1192–1199
  • Baycheva-Merger, T. (2015).  B10 Public awareness and participation/ B11 Research, training and education. In: State of Europe´s Forests Report, 2015.  FOREST EUROPE Liaison Unit Madrid
  • Sotirov, M., Storch, S., Aggestam, F., Giurca, A., Selter, A., Baycheva, T., Eriksson, O., Sallnäs, O., Schüll, O., Trubins, R., Borges, J., McDermott, C., Hoogstra-Klein, M., Hengeveld, G., Pettenella, D. (2015): Forest Policy Integration in Europe: Lessons Learnt, Challenges Ahead, and Strategies to Support Sustainable Forest Management and Multifunctional Forestry in the Future. INTEGRAL EU Policy Paper. Available online: http://www.integral-project.eu/materials/eu-policy-paper.html 
  • Bosela, M,  Larocque G.,Baycheva T., Valbuena R., Lier M. (2015). Criteria and Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management. In: Ecological Forest Management Handbook. CRC Press, 2015


  • Wolfslehner, B., Baycheva T., Prins K., Lier M. 2013. Implementing Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management in Europe. European Forest Institute, 2013


  • Requardt, A., Baycheva T. 2011. Forest Policies, Institutions and Instruments by Policy Area. In: State of Europe´s Forests Report 2011 Part II Pan-European Qualitative indicators for Sustainable Forest Management. FOREST EUROPE/UNECE/FAO 2011.


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