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Ecosystem services and forest management in the Nordic countries

Filyushkina, Anna (2016). Ecosystem services and forest management in the Nordic countries. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2016:53
ISBN 978-91-576-8608-4
eISBN 978-91-576-8609-1
[Doctoral thesis]

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The need to integrate a full spectrum of ecosystem services into decision-making has been long acknowledged. Despite the exponentially growing body of literature, trade-offs resulting from management activities are still poorly understood. This thesis focuses on forest ecosystems in the Nordic countries, specifically on the impacts of forest management on provision of several ecosystem services and associated trade-offs. The impacts were studied from two research domains: biophysical and socio-economic, as well as their contribution to the decision support.

Existing scientific literature on assessments of several non-market ecosystem services in relation to forest management and the extent of their integration into decision support was systematically reviewed in Paper I. The findings suggest an uneven and limited coverage of services in the reviewed literature. Existing assessments are in their majority confined to a single research domain and focus on a single non-market ecosystem service. The same trends have been revealed in studies on decision support.

In the next three papers impacts of forest management on provision of different ecosystem services were investigated. In Paper II a structured expert judgment method (the Delphi technique) was applied to preservation of biodiversity and habitat in the boreal zone. Results suggested that management intensity has a negative effect on the potential to preserve biodiversity and habitat. A wide range of estimates was provided by respondents for functional forms of relationships between preservation of biodiversity and forest characteristics, suggesting little agreement. The findings support the usefulness of the Delphi method as a complementary technique for in depth analysis of ecosystem services provision. A choice experiment approach was applied in Paper III to examine the effect of variation in two forest characteristics (tree species composition and stand height / age) on recreational value within a stand and between stands in Denmark. Results confirmed findings from previous studies – variation presents a desirable feature within a stand. The study also shows that variation between stands has a positive effect on recreational value and in some instances it may outweigh contribution of variation within a stand. Paper IV reports results of a literature synthesis on the potential to provide three ecosystem services (timber, biodiversity conservation and cultural services) for two existing forest management alternatives for oak-dominated forests in Southern Sweden (intensive oak timber production and biodiversity conservation without intervention). It also uses existing studies to draw conclusions for a third hypothetical alternative. We identified several management options which result in complimentary synergetic delivery of the three mentioned ecosystem services.

Authors/Creators:Filyushkina, Anna
Title:Ecosystem services and forest management in the Nordic countries
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2016
Depositing date:27 April 2016
Number of Pages:91
IFilyushkina A., Strange N., Löf M., Ezebilo E.E. & Boman M. (2016) Nonmarket forest ecosystem services and decision support in Nordic countries. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 31:1. 99-110. doi: 10-1080/02827581.2015.1079643.
IIFilyushkina A., Strange N., Löf M., Ezebilo E.E. & Boman M. (2016) Impacts of forest management on provision of ecosystem services: An application of expert assessment on biodiversity and habitat preservation in Nordic boreal zone (Manuscript).
IIIFilyushkina A., Taye F., Lundhede T., Strange N. & Jacobsen, J. (2016) Effects of forest characteristics on the recreational value: the case of tree species and height variation within and between stands (Manuscript).
IVLöf M., Brunet J., Filyushkina A., Lindbladh M., Skovsgaard J.P. & Felton A (2015) Management of oak forests: Striking a balance between timber production, biodiversity and cultural services. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem services & Management. doi: 10.1080/21513732.2015.1120780.
Place of Publication:Alnarp
Publisher:Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-8608-4
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-8609-1
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 > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
Agrovoc terms:boreal forests, multiple use forestry, forest management, valuation, land use, decision support, biodiversity, habitats, recreation, wood production, nature conservation, denmark, finland, norway, sweden
Keywords:valuation, multiple-use, trade-offs
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ID Code:13318
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
External funders:European Commission
Deposited By: Ms Anna Filyushkina
Deposited On:29 Apr 2016 09:07
Metadata Last Modified:10 Sep 2020 13:41

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