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Implementing sustainable forest management in Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains: the role of traditional village systems

Elbakidze, Marine and Angelstam, Per (2007). Implementing sustainable forest management in Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains: the role of traditional village systems. Forest ecology and management. 249 :1-2 , 28-38
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Maintenance of socio-cultural values and biodiversity at local and regional levels are new impor-tant additional criteria for the implementation of sustainable forest management. Ukraine’s forest sector is in transition from planned socialist to market economy. We evaluated the role of the tradi-tional village system, which was successful for centuries for achieving both common economic as well as these new dimensions of sustainable forest management in Ukraine’s Carpathian Moun-tains.We used the Skole district as a case study that represents one of the most forested areas in Ukraine, and an integral part of Boiko people’s ethnographic area. The village is a traditional so-cial–ecological system defined by the traditional land use of pre-industrial cultural landscapes, and a spatial structure with land use zones satisfying different needs. Using documents on regional en-vironmental history, analysis of socio-economic statistics, and interviews with local land users, we evaluated the extent to which the traditional village system supports socio-cultural dimensions of sustainable forest management. Our review of environmental history indicates that after different phases of cultural landscape development during several 100 years, the traditional village system is still a basic unit of the Skole district’s forest landscapes. However, data and interviews show that the traditional village system is endangered. Making use of the total economic value of forest land-scape resources, including wood and non-wood products and services based on cultural values and biodiversity, is an urgent task. Support of traditional village socio-cultural functions and land use systems including fields, wooded grasslands and forests should be milestones in a regional program of sustainable forest management. Traditional village system zoning and land use systems would be good indicators of sustainable forest landscapes.

Authors/Creators:Elbakidze, Marine and Angelstam, Per
Title:Implementing sustainable forest management in Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains: the role of traditional village systems
Series Name/Journal:Forest ecology and management
Year of publishing :2007
Page range:28-38
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 507 Social and Economic Geography > Human Geography
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 6 Humanities > 605 Other Humanities > Cultural Studies
Keywords:forest and woodland landscape, social and cultural sustainability, rural development, traditional land use, cultural landscape, forest policy
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ID Code:8460
External funders:Marcus och Amalia Wallenbergs minnesfond and Swedish Institute
Deposited By: Marine Elbakidze
Deposited On:23 Nov 2011 07:52
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:48

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