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Social capital in small-scale forestry: a local case study in Southern Sweden

Guillén, Luis Andrés and Wallin, Ida and Brukas, Vilis (2015). Social capital in small-scale forestry: a local case study in Southern Sweden. Forest policy and economics. 53 , 21–28
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2014.12.006


Small-scale forestry builds upon interactions among local stakeholders. Forest management entails multiple social situations such as consultations or cooperative engagements between owners and forest professionals. Successful social endeavours rest on positive social capital as operationalised via trust. Based on qualitative in-depth interviews with forest owners, managers and other forestry stakeholders, this study explores how trust influences the social relationships in a local context of Southern Swedish forestry. Most strikingly, the analysis reveals large differences in owners' trust towards twomajor actors: the Swedish Forest Agency (SFA) and the forest owner association (FOA) Södra. Permanence of personnel, a client-based approach, and personal features of SFA's local forest officer lead to strong local anchoring and high trust towards SFA. Södra proved to be a trustful partner in the aftermath of calamities; however its industrial priorities seem to erode owners' trust. The empirical findings of this study demonstrate the importance of recognising personal relationships and the catalysing role of bonding social capital in order to understand the local forest management situations. Our results are useful for forestry organisations and policy-makers willing to comprehend the local context and implement best practices in small-scale forestry

Authors/Creators:Guillén, Luis Andrés and Wallin, Ida and Brukas, Vilis
Title:Social capital in small-scale forestry: a local case study in Southern Sweden
Series Name/Journal:Forest policy and economics
Year of publishing :2 January 2015
Depositing date:1 July 2015
Page range:21–28
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:SLU/LTJ - Partnership Alnarp
SLU - Environmental assessment > Programme Forest
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Agrovoc terms:forestry, forest management, social forestry, trusts, sweden, best practices
Keywords:Bonding social capital, Particularised trust, NIPF owners, Swedish Forest Agency, Södra
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Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000352045700003
ID Code:12272
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
External funders:EU FP7
Deposited By: MSc Ida Wallin
Deposited On:01 Jul 2015 09:30
Metadata Last Modified:14 Jun 2021 11:21
Project info:
Name:Future-oriented integrated management of European forest landscapes

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