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Economic forest sustainability: comparison between Lithuania and Sweden

Brukas, Vilis and Mizaras, Stasys and Mizaraitė, Diana (2015). Economic forest sustainability: comparison between Lithuania and Sweden. Forests. 6:1, 47-64
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The study conceptualizes economic forest sustainability as "the forest-related income and economic well-being sustained over time" and then compares Lithuania and Sweden at different scales. Sweden adopts a holistic perspective of the forest sector, where forestry and forest industries are perceived as a well-integrated economic branch. Forestry is expected to deliver raw material to forest industries, at the same time creating good preconditions for profitable forest management. Forest owners are given large freedom to act according to market signals and their own household needs, while the resulting intensive forest management cumulatively leads to a significant contribution to the country's welfare. Lithuania, in contrast, lacks an integrated sector perspective, forestry and forest industries being regarded as two separate realms. Private forest property rights are severely constrained by numerous legislative stipulations, leading to a significant reduction of economic value in production forests. On top of that, thirty percent of private owners face additional restrictions through forestland zoning, leading to further substantial loss of economic value. We suggest several measures for improving the economic forest sustainability in Lithuania, where a genuine national forest program could serve as a suitable bearing medium.

Authors/Creators:Brukas, Vilis and Mizaras, Stasys and Mizaraitė, Diana
Title:Economic forest sustainability: comparison between Lithuania and Sweden
Series/Journal:Forests (1999-4907)
Year of publishing :2015
Depositing date:9 June 2015
Volume:6
Number:1
Page range:47-64
Number of Pages:18
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:1999-4907
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E11 Land economics and policies
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 sector, forestry economics, private ownership, sustainable forest management
Keywords:forest sector, forestry, private forest owner, net present value, social equity
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2689
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2689
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000348403700003
DOI10.3390/f6010047
ID Code:12336
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:09 Jun 2015 11:07
Metadata Last Modified:20 Feb 2016 04:43

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