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, 1412-1431 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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. Vol. 58, no 8, 1412-1431 p.
ecological values, production values, human centred values, forest management attitudes, forest value compatibility
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-101504DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2014.930344ISI: 000354871300005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-101504DiVA: diva2:799810
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.2015-03-312015-03-312015-07-14Bibliographically approved