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Geographic Information Systems as a tool to support monitoring and assessment of landscape and regional sustainability

Andersson, Kjell (2011). Geographic Information Systems as a tool to support monitoring and assessment of landscape and regional sustainability. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Skinnskatteberg : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2011:92
ISBN 978-91-576-7636-8
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New policies in Sweden about intensive forestry and functional green infrastructure require involvement of different sectors for planning of landscapes and regions. However, Sweden has no territorial land-use planning at these spatial scales. Landowners, municipalities and regional governments work separately to implement policies about sustainability. There is thus a growing need for integrated spatial planning, and thus assessments of sustainability at local to regional levels by comparing monitoring results with norms expressed in policies. The aim of this thesis is to analyse and visualise such data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to enhance comprehensive spatial planning approaches for cooperation between different planning sectors. In paper I, habitat functionality was modelled for area-demanding focal species’ requirements in five coarse forest types. Also clear-felling rates within and outside functional habitats for each of four forest owner categories were measured. The differences among landowner categories concerning planning for ecological values were linked to how biodiversity-friendly their policies were. Papers II and III analyses how forest management affects two endangered species, and show that GIS-based proxy variables can be used to predict occurrence of both terrestrial and aquatic focal species. Paper IV assesses how Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) contributes to biodiversity conservation in Sweden and Russia. Analyses of structural connectivity and habitat functionality show that the minimum standard in FSC set-asides is not compatible with higher levels of ambition to maintain biodiversity. Paper V explores how planners, locals and tourists perceive landscape values, and how these can be interpreted and used in spatial planning. Paper VI demonstrates a zoning approach to identify green infrastructures and areas suitable for intensive forestry. In paper VII indicators for ecological, economical and socio-cultural values were summarised to compare municipalities’ sustainability. To conclude, there are large opportunities for analysing and visualising data to support integrated spatial planning about sustainability using GIS. However, there is a need for new education programs including all dimensions of sustainability in combination with use of GIS.

Authors/Creators:Andersson, Kjell
Title:Geographic Information Systems as a tool to support monitoring and assessment of landscape and regional sustainability
Series/Journal:Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae (1652-6880)
Year of publishing :2011
Volume:2011:92
Number of Pages:115
Papers/manuscripts:
NumberReferences
IAngelstam, P., Andersson, K., Axelsson, R, and Elbakidze, M. Implementation of biodiversity conservation policies in Swedish boreal forest ecoregions: habitat networks and planning processes.
IIStighäll, K., Roberge, J.-M., Andersson, K. and Angelstam, P. 2011. Usefulness of biophysical proxy data for modelling habitat of an endangered forest species: the white-backed woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 26(6): 576-585.
IIIDegerman, E., Andersson, K., Söderberg, H., Norrgrann, O., Henrikson, L., Angelstam, P. and Törnblom, T. Predicting viable populations of freshwater pearl mussels (Margaritifera margaritifera, L.) using instream and riparian zone land cover data.
IVElbakidze, M., Angelstam, P., Andersson, K., Nordberg, M. and Pautov, Y. 2011. How does forest certification contribute to boreal biodiversity conservation? Standards and outcomes in Sweden and NW Russia. Forest Ecology and Management, 262(11): 1983-1995.
VAndersson, K., Angelstam, P., Axelsson, R., Elbakidze, M. and Törnblom, J. Planning post-modern rural development? Appreciation and visualisation of forest landscape values at a Swedish tourism destination.
VIAndersson, K., Angelstam, P., Elbakidze, M. and Axelsson, R. Intensive forestry and green infrastructures: need and opportunity for spatial planning?
VIIAndersson, K., Angelstam, P., Axelsson, R., Elbakidze, M. and Törnblom, J. Connecting municipal and regional level planning: analysis and visualization of sustainability indicators in Bergslagen, Sweden. European Planning Studies. In review.
Place of Publication:Skinnskatteberg
Publisher:Skogsmästarskolan, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-7636-8
ISSN:1652-6880
Language:English
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Landscape planning > Nature conservation and landscape management
Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Landscape planning > Comprehensive planning
Obsolete subject words > INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS > Human communication
Agrovoc terms:geographical information systems, landscape, monitoring, regional policies, planning, sustainability, infrastructure, sweden, russian federation
Keywords:Assessment, Geographic Information Systems, Green infrastructure, Indicators, Intensive forestry, Landscape, Monitoring, Regions, Sustainability
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-279
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-279
ID Code:8433
Department:(S) > School for Forest Management
Deposited By: Kjell Andersson
Deposited On:24 Nov 2011 16:11
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:47

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