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Forest discourses and the role of planning-related perspectives: the case of Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1200-1364
2016 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, ISSN 0282-7581, E-ISSN 1651-1891, Vol. 31, no 1, 111-118 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Forest use in Sweden may be seen as constituting an essentially conflicted area, in which a number of actors positionthemselves. Based on a review of policy documents, this study reviews discourses on forest amongst majororganisational actors between 2001 and 2011, with the aim of discussing the ways in which discourse may havechanged following increasing criticism of the previously dominating production paradigm during the period. Thestudy also discusses the ways in which forest discourses at present may also exclude areas that are relevant to forestplanning. Results illustrates the continuous role of, on the one hand, production and private ownership discoursesamong the forest industry, and, on the other, conservation and public access discourses, among environmental andother NGOs. Large differences thus continue to exist despite the double aim towards production and protection inSwedish forest law. Areas that are not directly related to this nexus although related to land use at large, such asmunicipal planning, on the other hand, are largely absent from discourse even if, for instance, shore planning andwind power issues that are related to municipal planning are taken up.

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2016. Vol. 31, no 1, 111-118 p.
Keyword [en]
forest, discourse, Sweden
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Human Geography
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-112480DOI: 10.1080/02827581.2015.1070197ISI: 000364488800011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-112480DiVA: diva2:878327
Available from: 2015-12-08 Created: 2015-12-08 Last updated: 2015-12-10Bibliographically approved

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