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Eriksson, L. & Klapwijk, M. J. (2019). Attitudes towards biodiversity conservation and carbon substitution in forestry: a study of stakeholders in Sweden. Forestry (London), 92(2), 219-229
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Attitudes towards biodiversity conservation and carbon substitution in forestry: a study of stakeholders in Sweden
2019 (English)In: Forestry (London), ISSN 0015-752X, E-ISSN 1464-3626, Vol. 92, no 2, p. 219-229Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Global change has fueled debates on forest use and management, including the need to adapt management to mitigate future risks in forestry. Additionally, forests are important for biodiversity conservation and could be used in climate change mitigation. The opinions of stakeholders towards acceptable forest use deserve consideration. This study examined relations between environmental problem awareness, forest beliefs and environmental management attitudes (biodiversity conservation and carbon substitution) among stakeholders in Sweden, and explored the effect of a local biodiversity versus global climate change frame on attitudes. Stakeholders were recruited from ownership and environmental/recreational interest groups (owner and nature group, respectively) (membership sample) and among students (student sample). Whereas the owner group was more positive towards carbon substitution in forestry, the nature group was more positive towards biodiversity conservation and carbon storage. In the membership sample, awareness of biodiversity loss and eco-social forest beliefs influenced attitudes towards biodiversity conservation. In contrast, positive attitudes towards carbon substitution stemmed from lower awareness of biodiversity loss, less emphasis on openness towards new methods in forestry and greater emphasis on production in forestry. While framing did not influence attitudes, the cognitive hierarchy was useful in providing a nuanced understanding of stakeholders, valuable for policy and practice.

Keywords
climate mitigation, carbon sequestration, cognitive hierarchy model, environmental management titudes, forest stakeholders
National Category
Forest Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158372 (URN)10.1093/forestry/cpz003 (DOI)000463809800008 ()
Available from: 2019-04-29 Created: 2019-04-29 Last updated: 2019-04-29Bibliographically approved
Westin, K., Eriksson, L., Gun, L., Karppinen, H., Haugen, K. & Nordlund, A. (2017). Individual forest owners in context. In: E. Carina H. Keskitalo (Ed.), Globalisation and change in forest ownership and forest use: natural resource management in transition (pp. 57-95). Ume: Palgrave Macmillan
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2017 (English)In: Globalisation and change in forest ownership and forest use: natural resource management in transition / [ed] E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Ume: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, p. 57-95Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter, changes that have taken place on an overarching level in society, such as globalisation, supranational agencies, privatisation and restitution, are discussed from the forest owners' perspective. The forces influencing forest owners and forest ownership as described in Chap. 2 in this volume are scrutinised and interpreted here on a micro level. Urbanisation, economic restructuring, demographic change and new ownership constellations are both drivers and consequences of changes in lifestyles, forest owner identity, place attachment and attitudes to the forest resource.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ume: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Social and Economic Geography Forest Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-143350 (URN)10.1057/978-1-137-57116-8_3 (DOI)881251 (Local ID)978-1-137-57115-1 (ISBN)978-1-137-57116-8 (ISBN)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Available from: 2017-12-20 Created: 2017-12-20 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, L. (2017). The importance of threat, strategy, and resource appraisals for long-term proactive risk management among forest owners in Sweden. Journal of Risk Research, 20(7), 868-886
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The importance of threat, strategy, and resource appraisals for long-term proactive risk management among forest owners in Sweden
2017 (English)In: Journal of Risk Research, ISSN 1366-9877, E-ISSN 1466-4461, Vol. 20, no 7, p. 868-886Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In natural hazards management, it is important to understand what motivates people to act when they or their property are threatened by natural hazards. Despite the importance of both threat and coping appraisals for responses to threats, less is known about the relations between threat and coping appraisals when risk management is long term. The present study examined appraisals of threat (cognitive and emotional), personal resources (cost and self-efficacy), and strategies (response-efficacy) as predictors of proactive management responses (past behavior and future intention) among forest owners in Sweden by means of a questionnaire (n = 1482). A path analysis revealed that threat appraisals and response-efficacy were direct predictors of past risk management behavior and the intention to respond in the future. Appraisals of resources, including cost and self-efficacy, were indirectly – via forest susceptibility and threat appraisals – related to threat responses. Although the model displayed reasonable fit for both owners more and those less involved in forestry, the cognitive appraisals variable was not a significant predictor of responses among owners less involved in forestry. In the full sample, the examined model explained approximately 50% of the variance in threat appraisals, and 28 and 17% in future intention and past behavior, respectively. Theoretical implications for how threat and coping appraisals are related during long-term risk management, and practical implications for forest risk management, are discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017
Keywords
threat appraisals, coping appraisals, forest risk management, natural hazards
National Category
Applied Psychology
Research subject
Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-116686 (URN)10.1080/13669877.2015.1121905 (DOI)000402412100003 ()881251 (Local ID)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Projects
Social perspectives on forest risks
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2012-370
Available from: 2016-02-10 Created: 2016-02-10 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Klapwijk, M. J., Hopkins, A. J. M., Eriksson, L., Pettersson, M., Schroeder, M., Lindelow, A., . . . Kenis, M. (2016). Reducing the risk of invasive forest pests and pathogens: Combining legislation, targeted management and public awareness. Ambio, 45, S223-S234
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reducing the risk of invasive forest pests and pathogens: Combining legislation, targeted management and public awareness
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2016 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 45, p. S223-S234Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Intensifying global trade will result in increased numbers of plant pest and pathogen species inadvertently being transported along with cargo. This paper examines current mechanisms for prevention and management of potential introductions of forest insect pests and pathogens in the European Union (EU). Current European legislation has not been found sufficient in preventing invasion, establishment and spread of pest and pathogen species within the EU. Costs associated with future invasions are difficult to estimate but past invasions have led to negative economic impacts in the invaded country. The challenge is combining free trade and free movement of products (within the EU) with protection against invasive pests and pathogens. Public awareness may mobilise the public for prevention and detection of potential invasions and, simultaneously, increase support for eradication and control measures. We recommend focus on commodities in addition to pathways, an approach within the EU using a centralised response unit and, critically, to engage the general public in the battle against establishment and spread of these harmful pests and pathogens.

Keywords
Biosecurity, European Union, Pathways, Plant health, Plants for planting, World trade organisation
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Forest Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-119297 (URN)10.1007/s13280-015-0748-3 (DOI)000372300000014 ()26744056 (PubMedID)881251 (Local ID)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Note

Supplement: 2

Available from: 2016-04-25 Created: 2016-04-15 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, L., Nordlund, A., Schenk, T. & Westin, K. (2015). A study of forest values and management attitudes in the general public in Germany and Sweden: does context matter?. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 58(8), 1412-1431
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A study of forest values and management attitudes in the general public in Germany and Sweden: does context matter?
2015 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, ISSN 0964-0568, E-ISSN 1360-0559, Vol. 58, no 8, p. 1412-1431Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on the reasoning that contextual variations are important for understanding differences in forest cognitions, this study examined forest values and management attitudes in the general public in Germany (n = 1135) and Sweden (n = 1311) by means of a questionnaire. Results indicated that the public in both countries emphasised similar forest values, and the overall pattern was comparable for different types of forest, although certain differences based on forest type and country were evident. For example, the German public was more ecologically oriented, whereas the Swedish public was more production oriented in its forest values and management attitudes. Furthermore, ecological and various anthropocentric forest values were perceived to be quite compatible, with the Swedish respondents perceiving this to a greater extent than the German. The overall cognitive structure of forest values and management attitudes was similar in both countries, although differences were revealed, particularly regarding attitudes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2015
Keywords
ecological values, production values, human centred values, forest management attitudes, forest value compatibility
National Category
Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-101504 (URN)10.1080/09640568.2014.930344 (DOI)000354871300005 ()881251 (Local ID)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Projects
Future Forests
Note

This research was funded by Future Forests, a multidisciplinary research programme, and its sponsors: the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra), the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå University, the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden (Skogforsk) and the forest industry in Sweden.

Available from: 2015-03-31 Created: 2015-03-31 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, L. (2014). Risk Perception and Responses Among Private Forest Owners in Sweden. Small-scale Forestry, 13(4), 483-500
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Risk Perception and Responses Among Private Forest Owners in Sweden
2014 (English)In: Small-scale Forestry, ISSN 1873-7617, E-ISSN 1873-7854, Vol. 13, no 4, p. 483-500Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Forest risk management influences economic, recreation, and ecological values in the forest. To improve the understanding of forest risk management among private forest owners, in-depth interviews were carried out with 20 individual private forest owners in Sweden. Within an environmental stress framework, the forest owners' overall perception of a range of risks, or threats, that they perceive may damage their forest or harm them as a forest owner was uncovered. Overall, results revealed that the owners generally were not very concerned about forest risks. Nevertheless, natural hazards, such as storms and fires, and societal processes including political decisions concerning for example environmental regulations were mentioned among the most serious threats. Proactive as well as reactive strategies were used to deal with the risks-for example, insurance and forest management strategies. Because climate change is a potentially new risk that may affect forest owners, the owners' climate change perceptions were explored. The owners emphasised uncertainties and displayed a rather optimistic view of the impacts of climate change on their forests now and in the future. Two dimensions-risk tolerance and perceived control over risks-characterised forest owners' risk perception and responses. In addition, the susceptibility of the forest, previous risk experience, forest values, and the extent to which the owner is dependent on the forest-for example, economically-were relevant for understanding how risks are evaluated.

Keywords
Forest risks, Climate change, Forest risk management, Environmental stress framework
National Category
Forest Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98845 (URN)10.1007/s11842-014-9266-6 (DOI)000345834600005 ()881251 (Local ID)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Available from: 2015-03-09 Created: 2015-01-27 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, L. & Nordlund, A. (2013). How is setting preference related to intention to engage in forest recreation activities?. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 12(4), 481-489
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How is setting preference related to intention to engage in forest recreation activities?
2013 (English)In: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, ISSN 1618-8667, E-ISSN 1610-8167, Vol. 12, no 4, p. 481-489Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Urban forests provide opportunities for outdoor recreation to many people. Knowledge of the motives for visiting forests is needed for the planning and management of these forests. Since forests are used for a diverse set of recreational activities, however, the motives for different activities are multifaceted. To explore recreational motives, this scene preference study conducted in Sweden examined relations between setting evaluations (i.e., mystery, legibility, valence, and activation), setting preference, general forest perceptions, and intention to engage in forest activities. Two alternative models were examined in relation to five different activities: walking, going on outings, exercising, picking berries or mushrooms, and studying plants and animals. Results revealed that preference mediated between setting evaluations and intention to go on outings, whereas setting evaluations were direct predictors of intention to walk and exercise. However, the models did not describe antecedents of intention to pick berries or mushrooms, or to study plants and animals, satisfactorily. In addition, general forest perceptions, particularly emphasising the restorative qualities of forests, were important for intention to engage in all the examined recreation activities. Results are discussed in relation to landscape preference research and attitude-behaviour theory. In addition, practical implications for encouraging forest recreation are highlighted.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2013
Keywords
Forest recreation activities, General forest perceptions, Preference, Setting evaluations
National Category
Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-84932 (URN)10.1016/j.ufug.2013.07.004 (DOI)000328526300009 ()881251 (Local ID)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Available from: 2014-01-22 Created: 2014-01-22 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, L., Nordlund, A. & Westin, K. (2013). The general public´s support for forest policy in Sweden: a value belief approach. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 56(6), 850-867
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The general public´s support for forest policy in Sweden: a value belief approach
2013 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, ISSN 0964-0568, E-ISSN 1360-0559, Vol. 56, no 6, p. 850-867Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the present study, the legitimacy of the forest policy in Sweden was explored. Based on a value belief approach, the general public's support for forest policy was examined by means of a questionnaire (n=796). Results demonstrated that the respondents believed ecological principles, such as sustaining natural conditions for native plants and animals, were most important in forest policy, but preservation of social values and using the forest efficiently to maintain high market value were also emphasised. Although socio-demographic variables (i.e. gender and age) had some impact on support for the policy, different values and beliefs reflecting ecological, social and economic interests were more important. By considering different values and beliefs, as well as policy support explicitly, the study provides a multifaceted account of the public's viewpoint regarding forest issues.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Routledge, 2013
Keywords
values, beliefs, forest policy support, general public
National Category
Psychology Ecology
Research subject
Psychology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60123 (URN)10.1080/09640568.2012.708324 (DOI)000320179700005 ()881251 (Local ID)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
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Published ahead of print 20 September 2012.

Available from: 2012-10-01 Created: 2012-10-01 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, L., Nordlund, A., Olsson, O. & Westin, K. (2012). Beliefs about urban fringe forests among urban residents in Sweden. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 11(3), 321-328
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Beliefs about urban fringe forests among urban residents in Sweden
2012 (English)In: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, ISSN 1618-8667, E-ISSN 1610-8167, Vol. 11, no 3, p. 321-328Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to examine predictors of beliefs about urban fringe forests among urban residents in Sweden (n = 586). Based on a cognitive hierarchical model, the study investigated how socio-demographic variables, as well as different values and beliefs, were related to the more specific beliefs urban residents have about urban fringe forests. Results demonstrated that the urban fringe forest was perceived to be essential for personal wellbeing, but preservation and accessibility to the forest were also important. Certain differences between socio-demographic groups were identified; for example, the importance of urban fringe forests for personal wellbeing was emphasized more by women, older people and those with a university degree. However, the importance of socio-demographic variables was modest compared with the influence of people's values and beliefs. More specifically, results showed that urban residents' basic values and ecological worldview, as well as forest values and beliefs (i.e., concerning forest qualities and forest requirements), were important in explaining their beliefs about urban fringe forests. Overall, the study revealed that urban residents are characterized by a heterogeneous set of beliefs concerning urban fringe forests. Recognizing these multiple beliefs in urban fringe forest development processes may help mitigate future conflicts between forest visitors, urban planners, forest owners and forest managers, thus enhancing our way toward good urban living environments.

Keywords
basic values, environmental beliefs, forest beliefs, urban fringe forest beliefs
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60662 (URN)10.1016/j.ufug.2012.02.004 (DOI)000308902100010 ()881251 (Local ID)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Available from: 2012-10-26 Created: 2012-10-22 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, L. (2012). Exploring underpinnings of forest conflicts: a study of forest values and beliefs in the general public and among private forest owners in Sweden. Society & Natural Resources, 25(11), 1102-1117
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring underpinnings of forest conflicts: a study of forest values and beliefs in the general public and among private forest owners in Sweden
2012 (English)In: Society & Natural Resources, ISSN 0894-1920, E-ISSN 1521-0723, Vol. 25, no 11, p. 1102-1117Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on a hierarchical cognitive structure, the aim of this study was to compare forest values and beliefs in the general public and among forest owners in Sweden. Based on questionnaire data (n = 1,805), intergroup differences were identified on different cognitive levels. For example, while the forest owners emphasized production values more than the general public, the difference was smaller regarding more specific beliefs concerning profitability in forestry. In contrast, the general public emphasized recreation more than the forest owners, although the divide was mainly evident for certain recreation activities. While results demonstrated overlapping beliefs concerning owners' right to decide over their forest, larger differences were found regarding the rights of other actors (e.g., the general public). Furthermore, a cluster analysis based on forest values and forest-specific beliefs demonstrated heterogeneous groups cutting across the original group dichotomy. The implications for understanding underpinnings of forest conflicts are discussed.

Keywords
cluster analysis; forest beliefs; forest conflicts; forest values; general public; private forest owners
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60661 (URN)10.1080/08941920.2012.657749 (DOI)000308723200003 ()881251 (Local ID)881251 (Archive number)881251 (OAI)
Available from: 2012-10-26 Created: 2012-10-22 Last updated: 2019-02-15Bibliographically approved
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