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Interlocking panarchies in multi-use boreal forests in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography. (Arcum)
2010 (English)In: Ecology & society, ISSN 1708-3087, E-ISSN 1708-3087, Vol. 15, no 3, 17Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper uses northern Sweden as a case study of a multi-use social-ecological system, in which forestry and reindeer husbandry interact as different land use forms in the same area. We aim to describe the timeline of main events that have influenced resource use in northern Sweden, that is, to attempt a historical profiling of the system, and to discuss these trends in the system in terms of adaptive cycles and resilience. The study shows that key political decisions have created strong path dependencies and a situation in which forestry today is characterized by low flexibility and low resilience due to the highly optimized harvesting of tree resources. Since forestry is the overwhelmingly strongest actor, trends in forestry from the mid-19th century forward are, to a large part, driving dynamics in reindeer husbandry and environmental protection, resulting in a system of interlocking panarchies with large implications for the competing land uses.

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Resilience Alliance Publications , 2010. Vol. 15, no 3, 17
Keyword [en]
adaptive cycles, boreal forests, conservation, forestry, historical profiling, panarchy, reindeer husbandry
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Ecology Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-36187ISI: 000283867400012OAI: diva2:352556
Available from: 2010-09-21 Created: 2010-09-21 Last updated: 2016-06-03Bibliographically approved

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