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Use and governance of non-wood forest products in market and transition economies

case studies from Sweden, Ukraine and the Russian Federation

Stryamets, Nataliya (2016). Use and governance of non-wood forest products in market and transition economies. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Skinnskatteberg : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2016:08
ISBN 978-91-576-8518-6
eISBN 978-91-576-8519-3
[Doctoral thesis]

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Forests have provided non-wood forest products (NWFPs) that sustain local communities for Millennia. Today, the role of NWFPs for local livelihoods differs in time and space. International policies highlight the importance of NWFPs globally and in European countries. Using a case study approach I studied use and governance of NWFPs in three rural areas that represent a gradient in economic development, i.e., Småland (Sweden), Roztochya (Ukraine), and Kortkeros (Komi Republic in Russia). This thesis is based on 307 semi-structured interviews, analysis of global, national and regional legal documents and systematic literature analysis. In forest-dependent rural areas NWFPs continue to be an important part of livelihoods by ensuring food security both directly, and by providing additional income (Ukraine and Russia). In wealthy rural communities it is a cultural tradition and a part of recreational activities (Sweden). Governance of NWFPs differed among the case studies and the countries they represent. In Sweden there are on-going debates between different actors, stakeholders and organizations on how to govern NWFPs due to increasing commercial harvest of plant origin NWFPs. In Ukraine, there is a top-down government regime related to NWFPs, which actually exists only de-jury, not de-facto. In the Russian case study there has been a shift from government to governance due to the conflict between traditional use of NWFPs and commercial forest logging that led to legitimization of local communities’ rights in NWFPs use and governance. In order to establish new forms of NWFP governance, there is a need for developing landscape approach initiatives that aim at establishing place-based stakeholder partnerships that represent different sectors at multiple levels of governance. Sustainable use, management and governance of NWFPs are an integral part of sustainable forest management (SFM). The multi-functional value of NWFPs provided by forest landscapes is important for rural communities, but often is neither supported by national policy and management regulations nor appropriate governance. To promote sustainable use of NWFPs new policy instruments should be developed in all three countries.

Authors/Creators:Stryamets, Nataliya
Title:Use and governance of non-wood forest products in market and transition economies
Subtitle:case studies from Sweden, Ukraine and the Russian Federation
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :4 January 2016
Depositing date:5 January 2016
Number of Pages:101
IStryamets, N., Elbakidze, M. & Angelstam, P. (2012). Role of non-wood forest products for local livelihoods in countries with transition and market economies: case studies in Ukraine and Sweden. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 27(1), 74-87.
IIStryamets, N., Elbakidze, M., Ceuterick, M., Angelstam, P. & Axelsson, R. (2015). From economic survival to recreation: contemporary uses of wild food and medicine in rural Sweden, Ukraine and NW Russia. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 11 (53), 1-18.
IIIStryamets, N., Elbakidze, M., Angelstam, P. Governance of non-wood forest products? Case studies in Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Manuscript.
IVAxelsson, R., Angelstam, P., Elbakidze, M., Stryamets, N. & Johansson, K-E. (2011). Landscape approach for sustainable development and sustainability: a practical interpretation of principles and implementation concepts. The Journal of Landscape Ecology, 14 (3), 5-30.
VElbakidze, M., Angelstam, P., Sandström, C., Stryamets, N., Crow, S., Axelsson, R., Stryamets, G. & Yamelynets, T. (2013). Biosphere reserves for conservation and development in Ukraine? Policy analysis and a case study of establishment. Environmental Conservation 40 (2), 157–166.
Place of Publication:Skinnskatteberg
Publisher:School for Forest Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-8518-6
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-8519-3
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E50 Rural sociology and social security
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:sustainable forest management, nonwood forest products, livelihoods, forest land use, public administration, forestry policies, case studies, sweden, ukraine, russian federation
Keywords:sustainable forest management, rural livelihoods, landscape approach initiatives, forest products, wild food, medicinal herbs, rural development
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ID Code:12938
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > School for Forest Management
Deposited By: Ms Nataliya Stryamets
Deposited On:07 Jan 2016 08:46
Metadata Last Modified:10 Sep 2020 13:41

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