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Local natural resource dependency in a Swedish boreal municipality

Thellbro, Camilla (2006). Local natural resource dependency in a Swedish boreal municipality. Umeå : Sveriges lantbruksuniv. , Rapport / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för skoglig resurshushållning och geomatik, 1401-0070 ; 19
ISBN 91-576-7158-3
[Licentiate thesis]

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Abstract

Since every society depends on a society specific “natural resource field”, natural resource utilization within a society strongly influences socio-economic development. Natural and socio-economic sustainability originates in the local level, which in a Swedish context can be regarded as municipality level. Important natural resource users are local commercial activities, due to their central role in local socio-economy. In this thesis the local natural resource dependent society is a Swedish boreal municipality. The hypothesis is that its natural resource dependency is deeply rooted in the local culture and still of crucial socio-economic importance, but that understanding regarding this must be improved. Thus local natural resource (LNR) dependency and its impacts on local commercial activities is quantified, characterised and displayed, and further discussed in a socio-economic context. Data were collected among local commercial activities, represented by unique workplaces (UWps) within the municipality of Vilhelmina, through a telephone supported questionnaire. Half of the number of municipality UWps was addressed of which 46.5% responded. Results reveal that 80% of the UWps are highly LNR dependent. They offer engagement opportunities corresponding to 1 900 people and 40% of them are all-year, full-time engagements. Business establishment within Vilhelmina is associated with personal municipality connections or municipality qualities and geographical locations of all types of businesses is scattered across and outside of the municipality. Eighty per cent has been located within Vilhelmina for more than a decade and are likely to stay in business. Markets of UWps are mainly local. Cluster analysis identified LNR/LNR access dependency profiles, which show unique dependency patterns and differences in dominating business categories. Businesses, however, overlap profile boundaries and multiple businesses within UWps are reported in all profiles. Between profiles engagement opportunities per UWp vary from one to five. Results imply strong connections between LNR dependent small businesses, people involved and local social, cultural and economical structures. It is thus believed that LNR/LNR access dependency and commercial activities are deeply rooted in boreal municipality culture. To facilitate local as well as general positive development results hence confirm the need to quantify and characterize the LNR/LNR access dependency within a boreal municipality.

Authors/Creators:Thellbro, Camilla
Title:Local natural resource dependency in a Swedish boreal municipality
Year of publishing :June 2006
Volume:19
Number of Pages:36
Papers/manuscripts:
NumberReferences
ALLThellbro, C. and Lidestav, G. Local Natural Assets Dependency, Commercial Activities, Establishment and Engagement in a Swedish Boreal Municipality. (Manuscript) Thellbro, C. and Lidestav, G. Profiling Commercial Activities Based on Local Natural Resource Dependency in a Swedish Boreal Municipality. (Manuscript)
Place of Publication:Umeå
ISBN for printed version:91-576-7158-3
ISSN:1401-0070
Language:English
Publication Type:Licentiate thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:small enterprises, natural resources, resource management, local government, rural communities, socioeconomic development, sustainability, sweden
Keywords:accessibility, ecological function, local government, rural resource community, small business, societal development, socio-economy, sustainability
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-1109
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-1109
ID Code:1158
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
Deposited By: Camilla Thellbro
Deposited On:22 Jun 2006 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:09

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