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A Conceptual Landscape-Level Approach to Assess the Impacts of Forestry on Biodiversity

Mattsson, Eskil and Erlandsson, Martin and Karlsson, Per Erik and Holmström, Hampus (2022). A Conceptual Landscape-Level Approach to Assess the Impacts of Forestry on Biodiversity. Sustainability. 14 :7 , 4214
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Abstract

In this study, we propose a conceptual approach to assessing biodiversity impacts in the life-cycle assessments (LCAs) of forest wood production with a focus on Nordic managed forests at the landscape level. As a basis for our methodology, we suggest assessing the proportion of the total land area of productive forest under the control of a forest owner that fulfils certain criteria that can be regarded as having a positive impact on the development of forest biodiversity. A similar assessment of the forest management performed on the surrounding land is used to define a site-specific reference situation. In the context of an attributional LCA, the suggested method for the specification of business-as-usual (BAU) or environmental quality objectives (EQO) baselines encourages forest owners to choose forest management options that increase the proportion of productive forest land with properties that are more favorable to biodiversity over time. We illustrate the BAU baseline approach with two examples in Sweden to calculate the biodiversity impact from wood production for individual forest owners using four biodiversity indicators from the Swedish national Environmental Quality Objectives (EQOS)-'Living Forests'. The approach defined in this study is at this stage only applicable to forestry assessments. Using a BAU baseline approach similar to that used for international climate reporting is a simple but novel approach that makes use of consensuses that have already been drawn and approaches that have already been established.

Authors/Creators:Mattsson, Eskil and Erlandsson, Martin and Karlsson, Per Erik and Holmström, Hampus
Title:A Conceptual Landscape-Level Approach to Assess the Impacts of Forestry on Biodiversity
Series Name/Journal:Sustainability
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:14
Number:7
Article number:4214
Number of Pages:15
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2071-1050
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:biodiversity, forest management, landscape, reference situation, baseline, life-cycle assessment, wood production, bioeconomy
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116768
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116768
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DOI10.3390/su14074214
Web of Science (WoS)000781471400001
ID Code:27626
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:26 Apr 2022 10:25
Metadata Last Modified:26 Apr 2022 10:31

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