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Promises and dilemmas in forest fire management decision-making: exploring conditions for community engagement in Australia and Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6546-5210
Land Use Planning Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
2017 (English)In: Forest Policy and Economics, ISSN 1389-9341, E-ISSN 1872-7050, Vol. 80, 133-140 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Prescribed burning, to prevent larger fires or to encourage ecological restoration, is a highly contested practice, raising both complex practical questions relating to safety and techniques, and deep philosophical questions about the relationship between people and nature. Previous research either analyses conflict in forest fire management, or argues for social learning but does not discuss how this might happen. We explore what community engagement in fire management might contribute, and how policy conditions enable or constrain deliberative practices in fire management in two very different countries, Sweden and Australia. In Sweden, burning is gradually emerging on foresters' and nature conservationists' agendas, whereas in Australia, prescribed burning has been practiced and debated on a relatively broad scale for some time. Both countries rely much on technical expertise, while merging this with local knowledge in transformative processes in which conflicts and difference have a place could enhance the quality of the debates.

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Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 80, 133-140 p.
Keyword [en]
Forest fire management, prescribed burning, forest fire debates, participation, community engagement, forest governance, ecological restoration, forest conflict
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Forest Science Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
statskunskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-133081DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2017.03.020ISI: 000403118800014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-133081DiVA: diva2:1086020
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2009-450
Available from: 2017-03-31 Created: 2017-03-31 Last updated: 2017-07-06Bibliographically approved

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