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Inspired by structured decision making: a collaborative approach to the governance of multiple forest values
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6823-3503
Umeå University.
SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences).
2018 (English)In: Ecology & society, ISSN 1708-3087, E-ISSN 1708-3087, Vol. 23, no 4, article id 16Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Since the 2000s, consensus-oriented decision making has become increasingly common in the management of natural resources because of the recognition that collaborative processes may enhance the legitimacy of decision making and facilitate effective implementation. Previous research has identified a number of problems with the design and practical facilitation of collaborative processes. Structured decision making (SDM) has been developed as an alternative suitable for decision making characterized by complexity, stakeholder controversy, and scientific uncertainty. Our aim was to investigate the feasibility and practical relevance of collaboration and dialogue inspired by SDM in the sphere of forest management. The methods used included analyses of meetings records and semistructured interviews with participating stakeholders and organizers of a collaborative process focused on improving the management of Swedish forests in the young forest phase. The results show that the SDM rationale of step-by-step teamwork, the involvement of experts, and guidance by an independent facilitator has a number of merits. These merits included the creation of genuine discussion with careful consideration of different interests and values, thus building trust among stakeholders and the Swedish Forest Agency. However, at the end of the process, some issues still remained unclear, including how the decision options would be made practically useful and accessible to forest owners. Furthermore, concerns were raised about the lack of novelty of the options. As a result, there was uncertainty about the extent to which the options would contribute to a more varied forest landscape given the multiple values involved. We conclude with some remarks on the potential future of engaging SDM in the forestry sector.

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2018. Vol. 23, no 4, article id 16
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adaptive management, collaboration, forest management, structured decision making
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Environmental Sciences Political Science Forest Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36389DOI: 10.5751/ES-10347-230416ISI: 000454653700006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85059461773OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-36389DiVA, id: diva2:1248999
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Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental ResearchAvailable from: 2018-09-18 Created: 2018-09-18 Last updated: 2019-04-23Bibliographically approved

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