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Governing forests in a changing climate

exploring patterns of thought at the climate change-forest policy intersection

Holmgren, Sara (2015). Governing forests in a changing climate. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2015:61
ISBN 978-91-576-8320-5
eISBN 978-91-576-8321-2
[Doctoral thesis]

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This thesis explores how the climate change-forest policy intersection is constituted in different contexts. Bringing together discourse analysis, feminist political theory and
Governmentality studies, the thesis employs a critical governance approach and thus sheds light on indirect and subtle forms of governing. Embedded in the intergovernmental context of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Swedish national forest policy context, the analytical focus
is on problematisations of climate change and forests, on (gendered) identity formations and how these overlap and differ in the two contexts.

The thesis confirms how climate change entails a narrow conception of forests as carbon sinks, and demonstrates an ongoing categorisation of forests and forestry based
on spatial locations that imply conservation of tropical forests, and intensive management of forests in countries like Sweden. In both contexts there is a rural-urban
dichotomy that entails an implied difference between distant and immediate forest dependence that approaches a civilised/uncivilised differentiation. The associated
steering techniques entail a focus on activating individuals such as female forest owners, on enabling poor forest dependent communities, or establishing global forest
carbon trading, which distorts the contestable role of forests in climate change

In the Swedish context, the analysis further demonstrates how climate change has become a forest production issue, how forests are abstracted from local contexts and an
important part of the formation of a Swedish national identity. The image of consensus around Swedish forestry distorts domestic conflicts around forests. Finally, by drawing on feminist political theory this thesis bring attention to gendering practices in Swedish
forest policy, and reveals deep rooted values in Swedish forest governance that continue to favor intensive forest production and economic revenues above publically
defined goals connected to social and environmental concerns.

Authors/Creators:Holmgren, Sara
Title:Governing forests in a changing climate
Subtitle:exploring patterns of thought at the climate change-forest policy intersection
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :8 May 2015
Depositing date:8 May 2015
Number of Pages:81
IKleinschmit, D., Ingemarsson, F. and Holmgren, S. (2011). Swedish forest policy research – a review. Scandinavian Journal of Forestry Research (27:2), 120-129.
IIHolmgren, S. (2013). REDD+ in the making: Orders of knowledge in the climate-deforestation nexus. Environmental Science and Policy (33), 369-377.
IIIHolmgren, S. and Arora-Jonsson, S. (2015). The forest kingdom – with what values for the world? Climate change and gender equality in a contested forest policy context. Scandinavian Journal of Forestry Research, (30:3), 235-245.
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:Department of Forest Products, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:SLU - Research Areas for the Future > Future Forests (until Jan 2017)
SLU - Agricultural Sciences for Global Development > Land use and climate change
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-8320-5
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-8321-2
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 506 Political Science > Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Agrovoc terms:forestry policies, climatic change, governance, forestry production, gender, participation, sweden
Keywords:forest policy, climate change, governance, discourse, Sweden
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ID Code:12196
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Products (until 180101)
Deposited By: Sara Holmgren
Deposited On:08 May 2015 14:24
Metadata Last Modified:10 Sep 2020 13:41

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