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Forest governance and management across time: developing a new forest social contract
Umeå universitet.
Umeå universitet.
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, SLU.
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, SLU.
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2017 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The influence of the past, and of the future on current-time tradeoffs in the forest arena are particularly relevant given the long-term successions in forest landscapes and the hundred years’ rotations in forestry. Historically established path dependencies and conflicts determine our present situation and delimit what is possible to achieve. Similarly, future trends and desires have a large influence on decision making. Nevertheless, decisions about forest governance and management are always made in the present – in the present-time appraisal of the developed situation, future alternatives and in negotiation between different perspectives, interests, and actors.

This book explores historic and future outlooks as well as current tradeoffs and methods in forest governance and management. It emphasizes the generality and complexity with empirical data from Sweden and internationally. It first investigates, from a historical perspective, how previous forest policies and discourses have influenced current forest governance and management. Second, it considers methods to explore alternative forest futures and how the results from such investigations may influence the present. Third, it examines current methods of balancing tradeoffs in decision-making among ecosystem services. Based on the findings the authors develop an integrated approach – Reflexive Forestry – to support exchange of knowledge and understandings to enable capacity building and the establishment of common ground. Such societal agreements, or what the authors elaborate as forest social contracts, are sets of relational commitment between involved actors that may generate mutual action and a common directionality to meet contemporary challenges.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London & New York: Routledge, 2017. , 192 p.
Series
The earthscan forest library
Keyword [en]
reflexive forestry, forest history, social contracts, governance, future studies
National Category
Agricultural and Veterinary sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33572ISBN: 978-1-138-90430-9 (print)ISBN: 978-1-315-69643-0 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-33572DiVA: diva2:1147893
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Future Forests
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Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Looking back

Chapter 1 Forest Benefits 

Chapter 2 Forest Knowledge and management 

Chapter 3 Forest governance 

Part II: Looking forward 

Chapter 4 Methods to study forests’ futures 

Chapter 5 Contemporary future forest research 

Chapter 6 Reflective forest futures 

Part III: Grasping the present 

Chapter 7 Integrated approaches – in theory and practice 

Chapter 8 Efforts to bridge governance and management in Swedish forests 

Part IV Reflective Forestry 

Chapter 9 The Principles of Reflective Forestry 

Chapter 10 The toolbox of Reflective Forestry 

Chapter 11 Towards a new forest social contract? 

Main Authors: Erland Mårald, Camilla Sandström and Annika Nordin 

Contributing Authors: Lucy Rist, Anna Sténs, Karin Beland Lindahl, Annika Carlsson-Kanyama, Johanna Johansson, Carina Keskitalo, Hjalmar Laudon, Rolf Lidskog, Tomas Lämås, Tomas Lundmark, Urban Nilsson, Eva-Maria Nordström, Jean-Michel Roberge and Johan Sonesson

Available from: 2017-10-03 Created: 2017-10-09Bibliographically approved

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