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Adaptive capacity to changes in terrestrial ecosystem services amongst primary small-scale resource users in northern Norway and Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History. (Arcum)
2015 (English)In: Polar Geography, ISSN 1088-937X, E-ISSN 1939-0513, Vol. 38, no 4, 271-288 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents results from case studies in which we investigate the interrelations between changes in ecosystem services (ESs) and adaptive capacity among small-scale users of multi-use forest or outfields resources in northern Sweden and Norway. The study presents a framework that utilizes scenarios for changes in ESs under climate change in combination with qualitative interviews with outfield resource users in order to assess their adaptive capacity to the projected changes. The study illustrates that ESs may change significantly under climate change, and in particular affect winter snow and ice conditions, for instance increasing the duration of the growing season but with consequences for pasture quality. We find that given structural constraints, the key factors that influence the selected resource users' adaptive capacity at an individual level include motivation and entrepreneurial inclinations, which are related to the lifestyle choice of making a livelihood based on small-scale and multi-use occupations.

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC , 2015. Vol. 38, no 4, 271-288 p.
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Ecosystem services, adaptation, climate change, Scandinavia, adaptive capacity
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Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138646DOI: 10.1080/1088937X.2015.1114533ISI: 000211127700002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-138646DiVA: diva2:1136079
Available from: 2017-08-25 Created: 2017-08-25 Last updated: 2017-08-25Bibliographically approved

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