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Blockchain applications in forestry: a systematic literature review


He, Z and Turner, P, Blockchain applications in forestry: a systematic literature review, Applied Sciences, 12, (8) Article 3723. ISSN 2076-3417 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3390/app12083723


Blockchain applications have received a lot of attention in recent years. They provide enormous benefits and advantages to many different sectors. To date, there have not been any systematic studies comprehensively reviewing current blockchain-based applications in the forestry sector. This paper examines published work on blockchain-based applications in the forestry sector. A systematic review was conducted to identify, analyze, and discuss current literature on current blockchain applications deployed (and/or proposed) in the forestry sector, grouping results into three domains of forest management, traceability of forest-based products, and forest fire detection based on content analysis. The analyses highlight reported benefits, opportunities, and challenges of blockchain applications in the forestry sector. The study results show that blockchain has great potential in sustainable forestry, minimizing illegal logging, conserving biodiversity, and many other areas in forestry. It also shows that blockchain in forestry is still immature and complex, since it requires specialists to adopt. This paper contributes towards filling the existing research gap through this systematic review on blockchain applications in forestry. This review offers insights into a deep understanding of blockchain applications for managers, practitioners, and consultants interested in forestry. The paper identifies existing research gaps on related topics of blockchain applications in forestry and makes recommendations on potential future directions for research into blockchain in forestry.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:blockchain, blockchain applications, sustainable forestry, systematic review, forest firedetection, traceability, forest management, wood products, illegal logging
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Cybersecurity and privacy
Research Field:Cybersecurity and privacy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:He, Z (Mr Zhaoyuan He)
UTAS Author:Turner, P (Associate Professor Paul Turner)
ID Code:153798
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2022-10-07
Last Modified:2023-01-09
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