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Forests in common: Learning from diversity of community forest arrangements in Europe

Lawrence, Anna and Gatto, Paola and Bogataj, Nevenka and Lidestav, Gun (2021). Forests in common: Learning from diversity of community forest arrangements in Europe. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment. 50 , 448-464
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Abstract

Europe has a wealth of community forest arrangements. This paper aims to transcend the diversity of locally specific terms and forms, to highlight the value of considering them inclusively. Building on methods to make sense of diversity, we use reflexive grounded inquiry in fifteen cases in Italy, Scotland, Slovenia and Sweden. Within four dimensions (forest, community, relationships between them, and relationships with wider society), we identify 43 subdimensions to describe them collectively. Our approach shows how European arrangements contribute to wider discourses of collective natural resource management. Both tradition and innovation in Europe inform options for environmental governance. Arrangements challenge the distinction between 'communities of place' and 'communities of interest', with implications for social and environmental justice. They exemplify multilevel environmental governance through both vertical and horizontal connections. Emerging from long histories of political and environmental pressures, they have a role in enhancing society's connection with nature and adaptive capacity.

Authors/Creators:Lawrence, Anna and Gatto, Paola and Bogataj, Nevenka and Lidestav, Gun
Title:Forests in common: Learning from diversity of community forest arrangements in Europe
Series Name/Journal:AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:50
Page range:448-464
Number of Pages:17
Publisher:SPRINGER
ISSN:0044-7447
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
Keywords:Forest ownership, Grounded inquiry, Multilevel governance, Property rights, Social innovation, Sustainability
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-108091
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-108091
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1007/s13280-020-01377-x
Web of Science (WoS)000568974700003
ID Code:22153
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:09 Feb 2021 07:49
Metadata Last Modified:09 Feb 2021 07:51

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