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Natural versus National boundaries

the importance of considering biogeographical patterns in forest conservation policy

Gustafsson, Lena and Felton, Adam and Felton, Annika and Brunet, Jörg and Caruso, Alexandro and Hjältén, Joakim and Lindbladh, Matts and Ranius, Thomas and Roberge, Jean-Michel and Weslien, Jan (2015). Natural versus National boundaries. Conservation Letters. 8:1, 50-57
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/conl.12087

Abstract

Applying biogeographical insights to the regulation of production forestry and the determination of forest reserve strategies is expected to increase the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation actions. Here, we assess the extent to which such applications take place. By using Sweden as a case study, we demonstrate fundamental differences among biogeographical regions in natural patterns and processes, past land-use, and anthropogenic impacts that need to be better incorporated into strategic conservation planning and decisions. Furthermore, assessment of specific forestry regulations and biogeographical variation in a number of other countries/provinces embracing boreal and temperate biomes also indicate that natural boundaries are insufficiently considered in forest management policies. We suggest that a substantial potential exists to better align conservation priorities with biogeographical characteristics. To illustrate the application of such an approach, we present a decision support model on how forest conservation policies that rest on natural boundaries and ecological processes can be developed.

Authors/Creators:Gustafsson, Lena and Felton, Adam and Felton, Annika and Brunet, Jörg and Caruso, Alexandro and Hjältén, Joakim and Lindbladh, Matts and Ranius, Thomas and Roberge, Jean-Michel and Weslien, Jan
Title:Natural versus National boundaries
Subtitle:the importance of considering biogeographical patterns in forest conservation policy
Series/Journal:Conservation Letters (1755-263X)
Year of publishing :2015
Volume:8
Number:1
Page range:50-57
Number of Pages:8
Publisher:Wiley Open Access
ISSN:1755-263X
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:F Plant production > F40 Plant ecology
K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Agrovoc terms:biodiversity conservation, biogeography, policies, sweden
Keywords:Biodiversity, biogeography, conservation, decision-support, forest, policy, sweden
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2612
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2612
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000350544200006
ID Code:12090
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology

(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Predecessors to SLU > Swedish Institute for Forest Research
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:06 May 2015 06:25
Metadata Last Modified:14 Dec 2015 19:29

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