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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2009

Policy Drivers Behind Forest Utilisation in Lithuania in 1986-2007

Brukas, Vilis; Linkevicius, Edgaras; Cinga, Gintautas

Abstract

After regaining the independence, Lithuania was in the process of making transition to the market economy, yet radical societal shifts only moderately affected Lithuanian forestry. This study evaluates the m am drivers that stimulated or decreased forest utilisation. Review of numerous sources reveals that the major drivers towards increased utilisation were the economic transition and changes in the resource base. These have been counterbalanced primarily by deeply-rooted normativism, increasing environmental restrictions, economic model of State forestry and sluggish land reform. The study shows that seeking to understand the dynamics of forest utilisation, it is insufficient to focus solely on the available forest inventory as is typically done in forecasts of timber removals. Instead. a holistic analysis is needed, taking into account, inter alia, institutional norms and developments outside the forest sector.

Keywords

Forestry; timber removals; policy drivers

Published in

Baltic Forestry
2009, volume: 15, number: 1, pages: 86-96
Publisher: Lithuanian Forest Research Institute

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Linkevicius, Edgaras
Cinga, Gintautas

UKÄ Subject classification

Forest Science

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/26486