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Amenities of Swedish forests

attitudes and values among stakeholders

Norman, Johan (2009). Amenities of Swedish forests. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2009:76
ISBN 978-91-576-7423-4
[Doctoral thesis]

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The forests of Sweden provide many amenities (e.g. timber, outdoor recreation and biodiversity) that contribute to the welfare of forest owners and other stakeholder groups in society. The amenities have characteristics of private and public goods. In this thesis, measures of attitudes and values towards different forest amenities were studied by means of mail surveys and existing literature. In paper I, the attitudes of private forest owners regarding different forest amenities (timber production, outdoor recreation and biodiversity) were investigated and compared with the forest advisors’ interpretation of the forest owners’ attitudes. The survey was conducted in three regions of Sweden (South, Central and North). The results indicated that the timber production was the most important amenity to the private forest owners, followed by outdoor recreation and biodiversity. The forest officers’ understanding of what was important to forest owners did not consistently coincide with the attitudes of the forest owners. Other aspects of outdoor recreation and biodiversity among stakeholder groups of the Swedish public were studied in papers II, III and IV. In paper II, a travel cost analysis was used to estimate the recreational value of the forests in the southernmost part of Sweden (Skåne and Blekinge). An analysis was also conducted to determine how this value would be affected by a change in the share of broadleaves in the region. It was shown that maintaining or increasing the share of broadleaves would positively affect the recreational value. In paper III, outdoor recreation was studied using data on health measures of recreationists from three different mail surveys, (outdoor recreationists among the general Swedish public, forest recreationists in southern Sweden and hunters in Sweden). The results showed that outdoor recreation activities in all three categories were expected to have a positive impact on self-rated health. In paper IV, the value of attaining the national environmental objectives of Sweden, including the protection of forest land for biodiversity purposes, was studied using data from a contingent valuation survey. The value varied between different levels of forest land protection, and the benefits of protection outweighed the costs by a small margin. The values of amenities in a typical broadleaved and a coniferous stand during a rotation period were reviewed in paper V. The results suggested that most amenity values developed in a similar way during the rotation period in the two stands. This was true for all amenities except for berries. Considering recreational values in forest management is unlikely to affect the timing of harvesting decisions, while considering biodiversity values as part of forest management would tend to prolong the rotation age.

Authors/Creators:Norman, Johan
Title:Amenities of Swedish forests
Subtitle:attitudes and values among stakeholders
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2009
Number of Pages:55
ALLI Kindstrand, C., Norman, J., Boman, M. & Mattsson, L. (2008). Attitudes towards various forest functions: a comparison between private forest owners and forest officers. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 23 133-136. II Norman, J., Ellingson, L., Boman, M. & Mattsson, L. (2009). The value of forests for outdoor recreation in southern Sweden: Are broadleaved trees important? Ecological Bulletins, accepted. III Norman, J., Annerstedt, M., Boman, M. & Mattsson, L. (2009). Influence of outdoor recreation on human health: Comparing three categories of Swedish recreationists. Manuscript submitted to Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. IV Boman, M., Norman, J., Kindstrand, C. & Mattsson, L. (2008). On the budget for national environmental objectives and the willingness to pay for protection of forest land. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 38(12), 40-51. V Boman, M., Bredahl Jacobsen, J., Strange, N., Norman, J. & Mattsson,L. (2009). Forest amenity values and the rotation age decision: A Nordic perspective. Ecological Bulletins, accepted.
Place of Publication:Alnarp
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-7423-4
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:forests, multiple use forestry, recreation, valuation, human behaviour, biodiversity, health
Keywords:amenities, attitudes, biodiversity, contingent valuation method, human health, mail surveys, outdoor recreation, travel cost method, valuation
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ID Code:2116
Department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Deposited By: Johan Norman
Deposited On:01 Oct 2009 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:16

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