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Sweden does not meet agreed national and international forest biodiversity targets: A call for adaptive landscape planning

Angelstam, Per and Manton, Michael and Green, Martin and Jonsson, Bengt-Gunnar and Mikusinski, Grzegorz and Svensson, Johan and Sabatini, Francesco Maria (2020). Sweden does not meet agreed national and international forest biodiversity targets: A call for adaptive landscape planning. Landscape and Urban Planning. 202 , 103838
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Loss of forest naturalness challenges the maintenance of green infrastructure (GI) for biodiversity conservation and delivery of diverse ecosystem services. Using the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi target #11 with its quantitative and qualitative criteria as a normative model, we aim at supporting landscape planning through a pioneering assessment of the extent to which existing amounts and spatial distributions of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) meet these criteria. Highly forested and committed to both intensive wood production and evidence-based conservation targets of 17–20% protected areas, Sweden was chosen as a case study. Specifically, we estimated the amount, regional representation, and functional connectivity of HCVF patches using virtual bird species, validated the results using field surveys of focal bird species, and assessed conservation target fulfilment. Finally, we linked these results to the regional distribution of forest land ownership categories, and stress that these provide different opportunities for landscape planning. Even if 31% of forest land in Sweden is officially protected, voluntarily set-aside, or not used for wood production now and in the future, we show that applying the representation and connectivity criteria of Aichi target #11 reduces this figure to an effective GI of 12%. When disaggregating the five ecoregions the effective GI was 54% for the sub-alpine forest ecoregion, which hosts EU’s last intact forest landscapes, but only 3–8% in the other four ecoregions where wood production is predominant. This results in an increasing need for forest habitat and landscape restoration from north to south. The large regional variation in the opportunity for landscape planning stresses the need for a portfolio of different approaches. We stress the need to secure funding mechanisms for compensating land owners’ investments in GI, and to adapt both the approaches and spatial extents of landscape planning units to land ownership structure.

Authors/Creators:Angelstam, Per and Manton, Michael and Green, Martin and Jonsson, Bengt-Gunnar and Mikusinski, Grzegorz and Svensson, Johan and Sabatini, Francesco Maria
Title:Sweden does not meet agreed national and international forest biodiversity targets: A call for adaptive landscape planning
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:202
Article number:103838
Number of Pages:17
ISSN:0169-2046
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
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 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:Biodiversity conservation targets, Green infrastructure, Connectivity, Landscape approach, Landscape planning, Land ownership, Representativeness
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-108038
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-108038
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1016/j.landurbplan.2020.103838
Web of Science (WoS)000568996600004
ID Code:17795
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > School for Forest Management
(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:13 Oct 2020 13:18
Metadata Last Modified:13 Oct 2020 13:21

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