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Current versus alternative forest management practices in southern Sweden

Lodin, Isak (2020). Current versus alternative forest management practices in southern Sweden. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880
ISBN 978-91-7760-610-9
eISBN 978-91-7760-611-6
[Doctoral thesis]

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Forest management in southern Sweden is facing numerous challenges spurring the need for change. Futures studies are instrumental for addressing such challenges. This thesis reports on futures studies investigating current practices and alternatives developed together with stakeholders. Current and alternative practices were investigated in projections under different climate change mitigation scenarios in Kronoberg County as a case. Reflecting the rivalling interests of stakeholders, the developed alternatives represent conflicting forest management pathways. The research shows that ambitious mitigation might push for further intensification to meet increasing demands. Together with the forest owner association Södra alternatives for increased production were investigated, such as exotic species, fertilization and spruce clones. At the same time, the biodiversity crisis calls for more diverse practices, and such alternatives (spruce-birch mixtures, oak and border zones) were explored in collaboration with the County Administrative Board (länsstyrelsen). The thesis also investigates drivers behind current practices as well as barriers and opportunities for change with help of qualitative research. The owner diversity is already today complicating advisors’ efforts with promoting the current production-orientated ideals and is a likely barrier to further intensification. The current lock-in to spruce dominated practices complicates diversification, which was manifested in the failure to promote diverse regenerations after the storm Gudrun. A substantial diversification towards other species will require a contextual setting that facilitates such a shift, including such factors as lesser browsing, better markets for alternative assortments and diverse advisory services.

Authors/Creators:Lodin, Isak
Title:Current versus alternative forest management practices in southern Sweden
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2020
Number of Pages:109
Publisher:Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-7760-610-9
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-7760-611-6
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Article category:Other scientific
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Keywords:small-scale forestry, futures studies, scenarios, climate change, production, biodiversity, practice based approach, situated agency, the RIU-model, silvicultural ideals
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ID Code:17541
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
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Deposited On:16 Sep 2020 13:04
Metadata Last Modified:15 Jan 2021 19:26

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