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In the eye of the stakeholder: the challenges of governing social forest values
Umeå universitet.
Umeå universitet.
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
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2016 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 45, no 2, 87-99 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines which kinds of social benefits derived from forests are emphasised by Swedish stakeholders and what governance modes and management tools they accept. Our study shows that there exists a great variety among stakeholders’ perceptions of forests’ social values, where tourism and recreation is the most common reference. There are also differences in preferred governance modes and management where biomass and bioenergy sectors advocate business as usual (i.e. framework regulations and voluntarism) and other stakeholders demand rigid tools (i.e. coercion and targeting) and improved landscape planning. This divide will have implications for future policy orientations and require deliberative policy processes and improved dialogue among stakeholders and authorities. We suggest that there is a potential for these improvements, since actors from almost all stakeholder groups support local influence on governance and management, acknowledged and maintained either by the authorities, i.e. targeting, or by the stakeholders themselves, i.e. voluntarism.

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2016. Vol. 45, no 2, 87-99 p.
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cultural ecosystem services, forest management, legal instruments, multiple use forestry, social values, stakeholder analysis
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History Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-30793DOI: 10.1007/s13280-015-0745-6ISI: 000372300000003PubMedID: 26744045ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84953439325OAI: diva2:956063
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Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
Available from: 2016-08-29 Created: 2016-08-29 Last updated: 2016-08-29Bibliographically approved

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