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when theory and practice meet

Thellbro, Camilla (2017). Spatial planning for sustainable rural municipalities. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Umeå, Sweden : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2017:101
ISBN 978-91-7760-092-3
eISBN 978-91-7760-093-0
[Doctoral thesis]

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Local natural resources (LNRs) are essential for the socioeconomy of rural societies. The United Nations (UN) Agenda 21 and “Our Common Future” state that local spatial planning is central for the prospect of balancing ecological, social and economic sustainable development (SuD). Stakeholder participation in spatial planning enhances acceptance and improves preconditions for successful planning outcomes. Consequently, it is important to increase knowledge about LNRs and the use of them and to integrate such knowledge in local spatial participatory planning with a landscape perspective. These opening statements apply to Swedish boreal municipalities and describe the intentions of Swedish municipal comprehensive planning (MCP). The purpose of this work was to examine and analyze the preconditions for integrating MCP with a landscape perspective in rural municipalities.

The thesis is based on case studies in Swedish, rural, municipal contexts reported in five papers. In Papers I & II, local businesses in Vilhelmina Municipality were surveyed to describe the societal importance of LNRs. The results showed that LNRs are vital to 78 % of the businesses, of which half are based on forest farming, and there are strong bonds between entrepreneurs, their businesses, the municipality and LNRs. Papers III & IV present and discuss the characteristics of MCP in theory and practice. An e-mail survey was sent to municipal officials in all Swedish mountain municipalities. MCP-stakeholders in municipalities in Bergslagen, in central Sweden, were interviewed. Respondents in both case studies stated a belief that MCP can offer prospects in planning for SuD. However, resources and stakeholder participation in planning are generally scarce, especially in rural municipalities. Paper V illustrates how new knowledge on forest land use (to support MCP) can be gained by combining spatial and temporal data on forest condition, owners and land use values in a geographic information system (GIS).

This thesis provides scientific and practical contributions to aid in efforts aiming for SuD. It is done by framing MCP theoretically and contextually and by suggesting that MCP should be extended to include forest land use and by stressing the rural context in local spatial participatory planning. Opportunities in MCP have to be embraced, but local governments need enhanced knowledge about local land use, specifically forest land use. Moreover, stakeholder participation needs to be developed, requiring more resources. In the case of a Swedish rural municipality, it is crucial that efforts are made to develop MCP as a tool, not just in theory but also in practice.

Authors/Creators:Thellbro, Camilla
Title:Spatial planning for sustainable rural municipalities
Subtitle:when theory and practice meet
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2017
Depositing date:17 November 2017
Number of Pages:141
IThellbro, C. & Lidestav, G. (2008). Local natural resource dependency in rural boreal Sweden. Faculty of Forestry, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå. Studia forestalia Suecica. ISBN: 978-91-85911-41-7.
IIThellbro, C. & Lidestav, G. (2008). Commercial activities in a local natural resource dependency perspective Umeå: Faculty of Forestry, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Studia forestalia Suecica. ISBN: 978-91-85911-53-0.
IIIElbakidze, M., Dawson, L., Andersson, K., Axelsson, R., Angelstam, P., Stjernquist, I., Teitelbaum, S., Schlyter, P. & Thellbro, C. (2015). Is spatial planning a collaborative learning process? A case study from a rural–urban gradient in Sweden. Land Use Policy 48, 270–285.
IVBjärstig, T., Thellbro, C., Stjernström, O., Svensson, J., Sandström, C., Sandström P. & Zachrisson, A. (2017). Between protocol and reality – Swedish municipal comprehensive planning. European Planning Studies, DOI: 10.1080/09654313.2017.1365819.
VThellbro, C., Stjernström, O., Sandström, P. & Lidestav, G. (2017). Visualizing the forest in a boreal forest landscape – the perspective of Swedish municipal comprehensive planning. Forests, 8, 189. DOI: 10.3390/f8060189.
Place of Publication:Umeå, Sweden
Publisher:Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-7760-092-3
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-7760-093-0
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
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 > Public Administration Studies
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
Agrovoc terms:land use planning, rural communities, sustainable development, forest land use, geographical information systems, case studies, stakeholders, natural resources
Keywords:comprehensive planning, forest land use, sustainable development, landscape perspective, GIS, case study, local society, stakeholder participation, land use knowledge
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ID Code:14734
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
Deposited By: Camilla Thellbro
Deposited On:20 Nov 2017 07:46
Metadata Last Modified:09 Sep 2020 14:17

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