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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2007

Stakeholders' perceptions of consultations as tools for co-management - A case study of the forestry and reindeer herding sectors in northern Sweden

Sandstrom C, Widmark C


The forestry and reindeer herding sectors utilize the same land in northern Sweden, and adversely affect each other's productivity. The common pool resource character of this situation has made it difficult to find ways to resolve conflicts that could threaten the two sectors' continued co-existence. A consultation procedure that was introduced to reduce conflicts does not appear to be effective, since conflicts between the two actors still occur. One reason for this failure might be found in the power distribution between forestry and reindeer herding. Earlier research has shown that a co-management system in which the allocation of power between the stakeholders is uneven is difficult to maintain in the long term. However, it is unclear just how uneven the power distribution is between the two actors in this case, and the consequences the disparity might have for the viability and stability of the management system. Focusing on the power relations within the consultation procedures, this paper explores the potential of the present institutional system to take the different interests of the stakeholders into account and to use the consultation procedures as tools for co-managing the forest resources in northern Sweden. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V All rights reserved


co-management; common pool resource theory; forest resource; forest sector; land use conflict; reindeer herding sector; Sami

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Forest Policy and Economics
2007, volume: 10, number: 1-2, pages: 25-35

Authors' information

Sandström, Camilla
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Economics

UKÄ Subject classification

Economics and Business
Social Sciences

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