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Visualizing the Forest in a Boreal Forest Landscape—The Perspective of Swedish Municipal Comprehensive Planning

Thellbro, Camilla and Stjernström, Olof and Sandström, Per and Lidestav, Gun (2017). Visualizing the Forest in a Boreal Forest Landscape—The Perspective of Swedish Municipal Comprehensive Planning. Forests. 8:189, 1-20
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/f8060189

Abstract

At the international policy level, there is a clear link between access to information about forests and the work towards sustainable land use. However, involving forests in planning for sustainable development (SuD) at the Swedish local level, by means of municipal comprehensive planning (MCP), is complicated by sector structure and legislation. Currently, there is a gap or hole in the MCP process when it comes to use and access to knowledge about forest conditions and forest land use. This hole limits the possibilities to formulate well-informed municipal visions and goals for sustainable forest land use as well as for overall SuD. Here we introduce an approach for compilation and presentation of geographic information to increase the preconditions for integrating forest information into Swedish MCP. We produce information about forest ownership patterns and forest conditions in terms of age and significant ecological and social values in forests for a case study municipality. We conclude that it is possible to effectively compile geographic and forest-related information to fill the hole in the municipal land use map. Through our approach, MCP could be strengthened as a tool for overall land use planning and hence as a base in SuD planning.

Authors/Creators:Thellbro, Camilla and Stjernström, Olof and Sandström, Per and Lidestav, Gun
Title:Visualizing the Forest in a Boreal Forest Landscape—The Perspective of Swedish Municipal Comprehensive Planning
Series/Journal:Forests (1999-4907)
Year of publishing :2017
Volume:8
Number:189
Page range:1-20
Number of Pages:20
Publisher:MDPI AG
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.: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 development, municipal governments, forests
Keywords:sustainable development, municipal comprehensive planning, forest data assimilation, forest change analysis, non-industrial private forest owners, forest values
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4562
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4562
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000404099800013
ID Code:14891
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
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Deposited On:13 Dec 2017 10:42
Metadata Last Modified:13 Dec 2017 10:42

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