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Forest certification as an instrument for improved forest management within small-scale forestry

Lidestav, Gun and Berg Lejon, Solveig (2011). Forest certification as an instrument for improved forest management within small-scale forestry. Small-scale forestry. 10 :4 , 401-418
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11842-011-9156-0


Since early 1990 ties, Swedish forest land is increasingly becoming certified. Today all major forest owners have joined the Swedish FSC-standard (Forest Stewardship Council), while small-scale forest owners preferably are joining the PEFC scheme (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). With the overall aim of gaining a better insight into which small-scale forest owners that have decided to take up on forest certification, and how their forest management practices have been affected by this choice, two set of data has been analyzed; one consisting Data Base of Forest Owner Analysis (DBFOA) data relating to approximately 14,000 properties whereof 1955 were found to be certified, and the other one including data from a follow up questionnaire sent out only to owners with certified forest properties. Results show that certified and non-certified forest properties are managed differently and in particular that harvesting on certified properties has increased. Differences in management seem to be connected principally to the fact that forest owners from generally more active sub-groups embrace forest certification requirements. Moreover, our results shows that economic motives for joining a certification scheme are just as prevalent as environmental motives and a majority of forest owners regard certification as something that favors profitability rather than consider it to restrict economic yield.

Authors/Creators:Lidestav, Gun and Berg Lejon, Solveig
Title:Forest certification as an instrument for improved forest management within small-scale forestry
Series Name/Journal:Small-scale forestry
Year of publishing :November 2011
Page range:401-418
Publisher:Springer Netherlands
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E20 Organization, administration and management of agricultural enterprises or farms
K Forestry > K10 Forestry production
U Auxiliary disciplines > U10 Mathematical and statistical methods
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Keywords:Binary logistic regression , Data Base of Forest Owner Analysis, Forest management practices, Sweden
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ID Code:9347
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
Deposited By: Skogsbiblioteket Umeå
Deposited On:17 Dec 2012 15:56
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:54

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