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Intensive forestry in Sweden: stakeholders' evaluation of benefits and risk
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (centrum för urbana och regionala studier)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6735-0011
Oslo university, Norway.
Oslo university, Norway.
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.
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2013 (English)In: Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, ISSN 1943-815X, Vol. 10, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is growing consensus about the need to develop sustainable use of forest resources, but no consensus about how to interpret and implement this goal. Political institutions, governmental agencies, forest companies, and environmental organizations have partly different views on what sustainable forestry means and what strategies to use to achieve it. Not least, the climate change issue has put higher and partly new demands on forests, both as providers of biomass and as carbon sinks, which may be in conflict with other services of the forest’s ecosystem. This paper analyses how different Swedish stakeholders evaluate the possibilities for intensive forestry, that is, to increase the production of woody biomass through increased use of fertilizers, improved genetic material, the introduction of exotic tree species, and the use of fastgrowing deciduous tree species. The analysis shows that the pros and cons are evaluated differently, with some stakeholders assessing intensive forestry as a radical break from the current goal of sustainable forestry and others viewing it as according with it. It is concluded that this conflict should be understood as concerning not competing knowledge claims, but competing frames – schemes of interpretation through which the complexity of reality is reduced. This means that the solution is not to be found in improved knowledge but in increased awareness that the involved frames are the source of the conflict.

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London: Taylor & Francis, 2013. Vol. 10, no 4
Keyword [en]
intensive forestry, framing, Swedish Forestry Model, biodiversity, climate
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Forest Science
Research subject
Sociology; Biologi med ekologisk inriktning; Enviromental Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-32155DOI: 10.1080/1943815X.2013.841261OAI: diva2:659552
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Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
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