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Naturalness or Biodiversity: Negotiating the Dilemma of Intervention in Swedish Protected Area Management
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (English)In: Environmental Values, ISSN 0963-2719, E-ISSN 1752-7015, Vol. 24, no 1, 31-54 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Whether and how to intervene in nature to maintain or restore values is a contested issue among scholars within ecological restoration, protected area management and environmental ethics, but also among the practitioners and public officials who shape how nature is actually managed. This article analyses how the issue of intervention is debated in the case of protected forest area management in Sweden, a country with a traditionally strong preservationist discourse centred on maintaining areas as 'untouched' as possible. The analysis shows how this traditional view is challenged by a more interventionist discourse centred on adaptive management for biodiversity, but also how there are still attempts to reaffirm a preservationist discourse and practice. The implications of this as-yet-unsettled debate are discussed, concluding by pointing to a need to examine critically not only the older preservationist discourse and 'naturalness', but also the ascendant interventionist discourse and 'biodiversity'.

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2015. Vol. 24, no 1, 31-54 p.
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Ecological restoration, forest, discourse analysis, policy analysis, preservationism
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-102478DOI: 10.3197/096327115X14183182353791ISI: 000350934300003OAI: diva2:812501
Available from: 2015-05-19 Created: 2015-04-26 Last updated: 2015-05-19Bibliographically approved

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