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Axelsson, Robert (2009). Landscape approach for sustainable development. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Skinnskatteberg : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2009:94
ISBN 978-91-576-7441-8
[Doctoral thesis]

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Sustainable development (SD) as a process and ultimately sustainability as a goal are key challenges for humanity. There are many policies that support the shift to more sustainable natural resource management. While many different concepts and approaches have been proposed, few practical ways to implement SD and sustainability have succeeded on the ground in real landscapes. To consider a larger geographical area, and to include both social and ecological systems and their interactions, is termed landscape approach. I define and operationalise the landscape approach and its five core features; (1) a geographical area, (2) collaboration among stakeholders, (3) a commitment to sustainable development, (4) knowledge production, and (5) sharing of knowledge and experiences. The five papers in this thesis investigated different features of the landscape approach. Paper I concludes that both Biosphere Reserve and Model Forest (MF) qualify as landscape approaches. In paper II the Kovdozersky MF in NW Russia was evaluated with the aim to support its development. The MF was mainly driven by forest sector actors and a model for local participation was under development. In addition they were influenced by Nordic forestry because they perceived it being a role model for sustainable forest management. In paper III the motivation for initiation of two Russian and two Swedish MF initiatives were studied, and a framework for analysis of local partnerships was presented. Motivations for initiation were diverse and included conservation of pristine forests, to create a Russian model for intensive industrial forest management, rural development, and to prevent conflicts between the forest industry and conservationists. In paper IV I presented a simple model based on natural forest disturbance regimes to identify forest site types where alternatives to clear-felling would be feasible for ecological reasons. In paper V a model for transdisciplinary knowledge production as a collaborative learning process was presented, and a transdisciplinary research programme was analysed. I conclude that the landscape approach can contribute to SD and that collaboration among stakeholders and activities that produce real outcomes on the ground are needed.

Authors/Creators:Axelsson, Robert
Title:Landscape approach for sustainable development
Subtitle:from applied research to transdisciplinary knowledge production
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2009
Number of Pages:98
ALLAxelsson, R., Angelstam, P. Landscape approach for sustainable development and sustainability: an exploratory study of Biosphere Reserve and Model Forest (manuscript). Elbakidze, M., Angelstam, P., Axelsson, R. (2007). Sustainable forest management as an approach to regional development in the Russian Federation: state and trends in Kovdozersky Model Forest in the Barents region. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 22, 568-581. Elbakidze, M., Angelstam, P., Sandström, C., Axelsson, R. Multi-stakeholder collaboration in Russian and Swedish Model Forest initiatives: adaptive governance towards sustainable forest management? Ecology and Society (manuscript re-submitted after minor revision). Axelsson, R., Angelstam, P., Svensson, J. (2007). Natural forest and cultural woodland with continuous tree cover in Sweden: How much remains and how is it managed? Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 22, 545-558. Axelsson, R., Angelstam, P., Ljung, M., Henningsson, M., Folkeson, L., Blicharska, M., Göransson, G., Sjölund, A., Mikusinski, G., Törnblom, J., Antonson, H., Frisk, M., Skoog, J., Jönsson, S. Transdisciplinary knowledge production? Evaluation of a research program about landscape values and sustainable transport infrastructure (manuscript).
Place of Publication:Skinnskatteberg
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-7441-8
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:forest management, sustainability, resource management, rural development, participation, local government
Keywords:collaborative learning, integrative research, natural resource management, partnership, sustainable forest management, governance, rural development
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ID Code:2174
Department:(S) > School for Forest Management
Deposited By: Robert Axelsson
Deposited On:11 Dec 2009 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:16

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