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Local natural resource dependency in rural boreal Sweden

Thellbro, Camilla and Lidestav, Gun (2008). Local natural resource dependency in rural boreal Sweden. Technical Report. Uppsala: (S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
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, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Studia forestalia Suecica ; 215

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Local natural resources (LNRs) have historically been crucial for human settlements and municipality development in the interior of northern Sweden. To investigate whether LNRs are still important, a sample population of local business enterprises was identified in a typical rural boreal municipality (Vilhelmina) and information on activities and engagement numbers was obtained using a questionnaire supported by telephone interviews. Respondents were grouped into ‘forest and/or agricultural farmers’ (FAF) and ‘various’. Most respondents (78%) stated high dependency on LNRs and engagement estimates were higher than numbers available in official employment data. Respondents across both business categories maintained that local natural, cultural, traditional and social values are at least as important as economic factors for establishment of local business enterprises. Thus, results indicate that local qualities are critical for local society prosperity and welfare of inhabitants and that LNRs still are important for maintaining and developing rural boreal municipalities.

Authors/Creators:Thellbro, Camilla and Lidestav, Gun
Title:Local natural resource dependency in rural boreal Sweden
Series Name/Journal:Studia forestalia Suecica
Year of publishing :2008
Number of Pages:14
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:Skogsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
ISBN for printed version:978-91-85911-41-7
Publication Type:Report
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > SOCIAL SCIENCES > Social sciences
Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Area economics
Keywords:employment, engagement, establishment, forest owner, life-mode, local society, small business
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ID Code:3240
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
Deposited By: Hans Fryk
Deposited On:07 May 2008 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:20

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