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Governance and benefits sharing in the swedish forest commons

an assessment of the shareholder satisfaction

Poudyal, Mahesh and Lidestav, Gun (2011). Governance and benefits sharing in the swedish forest commons. I/In: International Workshop on forest commons, 9-11 October 2011, Burbach, Germany.
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Abstract

Unlike forest commons in many other countries, within Europe and elsewhere, Swedish forest commons are for- med and organised in a particular way in that the parcels (or shares) of forestlands involved are privately owned but as commons they are jointly managed by forest pro- fessionals. Furthermore, shares in forest commons are considered as “set asides” of the private landholding (farm/forest) and thus cannot be owned or sold in isolation. This leaves little space for the shareholders to be ‘hands-on’ in the management of these commons, although they are involved in decision making through a management board they elect. Moreover, it has been claimed that the shareholders in the Swedish forest commons do not bear the costs (for management and governance) proportional to the benefits they receive from their commons.  In this paper, we use data from a mail survey directed to resident shareholders in three of the major forest com- mons in Sweden (Jokkmokk, Tärna-Stensele, and Älvda- len) to assess their satisfaction on the governance and benefits sharing within their forest commons. This study shows that generally a significant majority of the share- holders in these three forest commons seem to be satis- fied with the status quo regarding the governance/ management of their commons and the benefits they accrue. However, women’s participation in most aspects of the forest commons seems to be significantly lower than their male counterpart leaving them benefiting less from their commons as a result.

Authors/Creators:Poudyal, Mahesh and Lidestav, Gun
Title:Governance and benefits sharing in the swedish forest commons
Subtitle:an assessment of the shareholder satisfaction
Year of publishing :2011
Depositing date:2015
Number:20
Page range:58-65
Number of Pages:8
Place of Publication:Münster, Germany
Publisher:State Enterprise for Forestry and Timber North Rhine-Westphalia
ISBN for printed version:978-3-942797-02-3
Language:English
Publication Type:Conference Paper (Paper)
Refereed:No
Article category:Other scientific
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Gender Studies
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Agrovoc terms:forestry, management, gender, surveys, Sweden
Keywords:forest management, gender, survey, Sweden
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2316
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2316
ID Code:10718
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:21 Jan 2015 13:59
Metadata Last Modified:15 Feb 2015 00:50

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