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Spared, shared and lost-routes for maintaining the Scandinavian Mountain foothill intact forest landscapes

Svensson, Johan and Bubnicki, Jakub W. and Angelstam, Per and Mikusinski, Grzegorz and Jonsson, Bengt-Gunnar (2022). Spared, shared and lost-routes for maintaining the Scandinavian Mountain foothill intact forest landscapes. Regional Environmental Change. 22 :1 , 31
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Intact forest landscapes harbor significant biodiversity values and pools of ecosystem services essential for conservation, land use and rural development. Threatened by fragmentation and loss by transitions to industrial clear-cut forestry, those landscapes are of pivotal interest for protection that secures their intact character. With wall-to-wall land-cover data, we explored opportunities for maintaining intact forest landscapes through comprehensive spatial planning across a 2.5 million hectares boreal to sub-alpine forest region along the eastern slopes of the Scandinavian Mountain range. We analyzed forest and woodland types that are protected, need protection or potentially can be subject to continued forest management. We established that the fraction of already clear-cut forest is very small and that the forest landscape of the Scandinavian Mountain foothills contains a high proportion of protected high conservation value forests, covering almost 2 million ha, and that over 500,000 ha (27%) remains unprotected and may be subject to future protection or continued adapted forest management. We found evident north to south differences with respect to forest landscape configuration, distribution of unprotected forests and land ownership. With a focus on non-industrial private landowners, we conclude that sustainable land-use requires integrative, multi-functional approaches that rely on further protection, forest and forest landscape restoration and a much larger share of continuous cover forestry than presently. Our results provide input into ongoing policy implementation and green infrastructure planning in the context of securing intact forest values and integrative opportunities for rural livelihood and regional development based on multiple value chains.

Authors/Creators:Svensson, Johan and Bubnicki, Jakub W. and Angelstam, Per and Mikusinski, Grzegorz and Jonsson, Bengt-Gunnar
Title:Spared, shared and lost-routes for maintaining the Scandinavian Mountain foothill intact forest landscapes
Series Name/Journal:Regional Environmental Change
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:22
Number:1
Article number:31
Number of Pages:15
Publisher:SPRINGER HEIDELBERG
ISSN:1436-3798
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 > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
Keywords:Biodiversity, Green infrastructure, Multiple use, Scandinavian Mountains Green Belt, Rural development
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116547
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116547
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1007/s10113-022-01881-8
Web of Science (WoS)000763411700003
ID Code:27480
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:31 Mar 2022 10:25
Metadata Last Modified:31 Mar 2022 10:31

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