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Connecting social and ecological systems

towards an integrated toolbox for assessment of forest policy implementation

Lazdinis, Marius (2004). Connecting social and ecological systems. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae. Silvestria, 1401-6230 ; 315
ISBN 91-576-6549-4
[Doctoral thesis]

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The role of forests and forestry is changing in the contemporary society. For a long time forestry and forest sciences were able to establish and maintain an own identity as a professional guild. However, in present days, communication and co-ordination of activities with other sectors and interests have become a prerequisite in many parts of densely populated Europe, and this trend is spreading. To accommodate and address this change in forestry/forest research, tools from both the natural and social sciences are needed and should be used to: (i) evaluate the needs of society in particular landscape in order to be able to develop applications of conventional forest science knowledge base; and (ii) communicate to the society, policymakers and decision-makers the key issues of importance for the forest sector. In this study, an attempt is made to combine ecological and social (institutional) aspects of biodiversity conservation in the forest policy process. The methods, experiences and general knowledge from the relevant fields are combined in designing and applying a simple-to-use toolbox for facilitating the process of biodiversity conservation in the context of forest policy implementation. Forested landscapes in Sweden, Lithuania and Komi Republic in Russia served as study area for this dissertation. The integrated toolbox developed in this dissertation provides an example of and a framework for evaluation and facilitation of biodiversity conservation in the context of forest policy processes. This set of tools explicitly recognizes the connectedness, complexity, and ideological differences of ecological and social systems, and employs individual features relevant to these systems in an integrated manner to the benefit of facilitating policy implementation. With the use of “two-dimensional gap analyses”, the needs of society in particular landscape can be evaluated in order to ensure the provision of ecological, economic and social functions of forest in an optimal way.

Authors/Creators:Lazdinis, Marius
Title:Connecting social and ecological systems
Subtitle:towards an integrated toolbox for assessment of forest policy implementation
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae. Silvestria
Year of publishing :September 2004
Number of Pages:19
ALLI. Angelstam, P. & Lazdinis, M. 2004. Tall herb sites as a guide for the protection and restoration of riparian forest ecotones. Submitted to Forest Ecology and Management. II. Lazdinis, M. & Angelstam, P. 2003. Functionality of riparian forest ecotones in the context of former Soviet Union and Swedish forest management histories. Forest Policy and Economics, in press. III. Lazdinis, M. & Angelstam, P. Maintenance of forest biodiversity in a post-soviet political system: Conservation needs as perceived by local stakeholders in Lithuania. (Manuscript). IV. Lazdinis, M., Carver, A., Tõnisson, K., & Silamikele, I. Innovative use of forest policy instruments in countries with economies in transition: experience of the Baltic States. Forest Policy and Economics, in press. V. Lazdinis, M. & Angelstam, P. 2004. Connecting social and ecological systems: an integrated toolbox for hierarchical evaluation of biodiversity policy implementation. Ecological Bulletins 51, in press.
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:91-576-6549-4
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
Subjects:Not in use, please see Agris categories
Agrovoc terms:forestry policies, biodiversity, nature conservation, ecology, social institutions, sweden, baltic states, russian federation
Keywords:Forest policy, biodiversity conservation, social and ecological systems, Sweden, the Baltic States, Komi, Russia
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ID Code:598
Department:(NL, NJ) > Institutionen för naturvårdsbiologi (fr.o.m. 970101)
Deposited By: Marius Lazdinis
Deposited On:10 Sep 2004 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:05

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