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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

The role of Swedish forests in climate change mitigation - A frame analysis of conflicting interests

Andersson, Martina; Bostedt, Goran; Sandstrom, Camilla


Forests are assumed to play a significant role in relation to climate change mitigation. However, previous studies show that actor groups' perspectives vary regarding how to best utilize forests. This paper focuses on exploring frames in recent Swedish forest-and climate politics and to what extent they may form the basis for conflict resolution or contribute to perpetuate conflicts among actors. The analysis of recent forest-and climate policies, and actor groups' positioning on the issues, builds upon the pathways to sustainability approach in combination with frame analysis. The results showed that ideas based on "Ecological Modernisation" dominated within the forest-climate nexus, but also a clear presence of alternative frames promoting "Sustainable Development". As a result, conflicting frames were identified within the policies on how to reach policy targets -stressing both the importance of consensus and neutral dialogue with actors, while concurrently prioritizing an economic perspective.


Climate change; Swedish forestry; Sustainable development; Frame analysis; Conflicting interests; Actor representation

Published in

Forest Policy and Economics
2022, volume: 144, article number: 102842
Publisher: ELSEVIER

Authors' information

Andersson, Martina
Umea University
Umeå University
Luleå University of Technology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Economics
Sandstrom, Camilla
Umea University

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG13 Climate action
SDG16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

UKÄ Subject classification

Forest Science
Public Administration Studies
Climate Research

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