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Modelling stakeholder satisfaction for conflict resolution in wildlife management: a case of wolf population in Sweden

Lin, Huayi and Zebrowski, Piotr and Fath, Brian D. and Liljenström, Hans and Rovenskaya, Elena (2021). Modelling stakeholder satisfaction for conflict resolution in wildlife management: a case of wolf population in Sweden. European Journal of Wildlife Research. 67 , 61
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Abstract

The Swedish wolf population has rebounded from near extinction in the 1960s to around 365 individuals in 2020, after the implementation of the Hunting Act (jaktlagen) in 1966. This recent increase in the wolf population has evoked a serious divide between "pro-wolf" and "anti-wolf" Swedish citizens. Despite the continuous efforts by the Swedish government to reconcile this antagonism, the conflicts are persistent with a sign of impasse. In this paper, we present a modelling tool, which can bring transparent and "structured dialogue to the opposing positions." This approach includes a stylized framework for quantitative modelling of stakeholders' satisfaction levels regarding their preferred size of the wildlife population in question, based on the concept of satisfaction functions. We argue that this framework may contribute to conflict resolution by bringing a common understanding among stakeholders, facilitate a societal discourse, and potentially help to assess likely support for conservation policies. We present a showcase application of this modeling tool in the context of the conflict over the Swedish wolf conservation policies. The model is informed using a thorough literature review as well as interviews, which identified relevant stakeholder groups and respective drivers of their attitudes towards wolves.

Authors/Creators:Lin, Huayi and Zebrowski, Piotr and Fath, Brian D. and Liljenström, Hans and Rovenskaya, Elena
Title:Modelling stakeholder satisfaction for conflict resolution in wildlife management: a case of wolf population in Sweden
Series Name/Journal:European Journal of Wildlife Research
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:67
Article number:61
Number of Pages:19
Publisher:SPRINGER
ISSN:1612-4642
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 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
Keywords:Conflict resolution, Conservation, Modelling, Population biology, Satisfaction levels, Wolves, Stakeholders, Wildlife management
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112576
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112576
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1007/s10344-021-01495-1
Web of Science (WoS)000658168000001
ID Code:24745
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Energy and Technology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:29 Jun 2021 10:25
Metadata Last Modified:29 Jun 2021 10:33

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