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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2020

How stakeholder representatives cope with collaboration in the Swedish moose management system

Johansson, Maria; Dressel, Sabrina; Ericsson, Goran; Sjolander-Lindqvist, Annelie; Sandstrom, Camilla


The collaborative ecosystem-based management of moose (Alces alces) in Sweden puts a strain on the involved stakeholders. Representatives have to cope with environmental uncertainty and social stress associated with goal conflicts. This article advanced the understanding of representatives' coping strategies in response to perceived challenges and how these coping strategies are associated with social trust, focusing upon salient value similarity. A mixed-method approach, combining a questionnaire survey (n = 624) and interviews (n = 21) among landowners and hunter representatives, was employed. Survey results showed that the presence of emotion-centered coping strategies that involve venting of negative emotions and behavioral disengagement were associated with relatively lower trust, whereas problem-solving centered coping was associated with relatively higher trust. The interviews indicated the importance of appointing group leaders who are skilled at initiating dialogue and working toward decisions and compromises, as this seemed to hinder expressions of emotion-centered coping strategies.


Coping; social trust; moose; ecosystem-based management

Published in

Human Dimensions of Wildlife
2020, volume: 25, number: 2, pages: 154-170

Authors' information

Johansson, Maria
Lund University
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Sjolander-Lindqvist, Annelie
University of Gothenburg
Sandstrom, Camilla
Umea University

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG15 Life on land

UKÄ Subject classification

Fish and Wildlife Management

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