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Understanding risk in forest ecosystem services: implications for effective risk management, communication and planning

Blennow, Kristina and Persson, Johannes and Wallin, Annika and Vareman, Niklas and Persson, Erik (2014). Understanding risk in forest ecosystem services: implications for effective risk management, communication and planning. Forestry. 87:2, 219-228
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Abstract

Uncertainty, insufficient information or information of poor quality, limited cognitive capacity and time, along with value conflicts and ethical considerations, are all aspects that make risk management and risk communication difficult. This paper provides a review of different risk concepts and describes how these influence risk management, communication and planning in relation to forest ecosystem services. Based on the review and results of empirical studies, we suggest that personal assessment of risk is decisive in the management of forest ecosystem services. The results are used together with a review of different principles of the distribution of risk to propose an approach to risk communication that is effective as well as ethically sound. Knowledge of heuristics and mutual information on both beliefs and desires are important in the proposed risk communication approach. Such knowledge provides an opportunity for relevant information exchange, so that gaps in personal knowledge maps can be filled in and effective risk communication can be promoted.

Authors/Creators:Blennow, Kristina and Persson, Johannes and Wallin, Annika and Vareman, Niklas and Persson, Erik
Title:Understanding risk in forest ecosystem services: implications for effective risk management, communication and planning
Series/Journal:Forestry (1464-3626)
Year of publishing :2014
Volume:87
Number:2
Page range:219-228
Number of Pages:10
Publisher:Oxford Journals, Institute of Chartered Foresters
ISSN:1464-3626
Language:English
Additional Information:This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 6 Humanities > 605 Other Humanities > Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 6 Humanities > 603 Philosophy, Ethics and Religion > Philosophy
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 6 Humanities > 603 Philosophy, Ethics and Religion > Ethics
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Climate Research
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:Forest management, Risk management, Risk communication, Ethics
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-1844
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-1844
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DOI10.1093/forestry/cpt032
ID Code:11113
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
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Deposited On:04 Apr 2014 07:00
Metadata Last Modified:04 Jan 2015 09:17

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