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Why do forest owners fail to heed warning?: conflicting risk evaluations made by the Swedish forestagency and forest owners
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (centrum för urbana och regionala studier)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6735-0011
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, ISSN 0282-7581, Vol. 29, no 3, 274-282 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the aftermath of a hurricane in Sweden thatfelled some 250 million trees, the Swedish Forest Agency advised forest ownersto reduce forest vulnerability by planting different tree species. This paperanalyses why forest owners failed to heed the Forest Agency’s recommendation,thereby reproducing a forest vulnerable to storms. This paper focuses on thedeliberations and risk evaluations of forest owners when deciding which treespecies to plant. The analysis identifies three main categories of reasoningthat guided the forest owners’ decision-making process: short-term economicreasoning caused by the pressing situation they faced; an understanding ofwindstorms as natural catastrophes that are impossible to influence; and theuncertainties associated with alternative forest management practices.Furthermore, given their risk-averse strategy, their approach to understandingand coping with uncertainty was crucial in determining their responses. Thispaper concludes that the forest owners primarily employed experience-based,practical and embodied knowledge, implying that abstract risks and theoreticalknowledge regarding future developments were not deemed relevant. An additionalconclusion is that even if a huge storm felling shows the need to change forestmanagement practice, it does not provide the most favourable social conditionsfor achieving change.

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Taylor & Francis, 2014. Vol. 29, no 3, 274-282 p.
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forestry, vulnerability, storms, embodied knowledge, uncertainty, climate change
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-34676DOI: 10.1080/02827581.2014.910268OAI: diva2:711237
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Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
Available from: 2014-04-09 Created: 2014-04-09 Last updated: 2014-05-26Bibliographically approved

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