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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2006

Forestry and reindeer husbandry in Sweden - the development of a land use conflict

Widmark, C


Both the forestry sector and reindeer herders in Sweden use the forest resources, albeit for different purposes, and have adverse effects on each other. To reduce conflicts between them, negotiations take place in so-called 'consultations', but the institutional arrangement does not seem to be working well; the conflicts have not been resolved, and the reindeer herders are generally more dissatisfied with the outcome than the forest companies. This paper provides an overview of the parallel development of forestry and reindeer herding in the region. In addition, several issues that complicate the consultations and must be resolved to secure the continued co-existence of the two activities are identified, based on an analysis of physical, societal and judicial aspects of the relationship between them


consultations; forest sector; institutional analysis and development (IAD); judicial factor; physical factor; Rangifer tarandus tarandus; reindeer herding sectors; Sami; societal factor

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2006, Volume: 26, number: 2, pages: 43-54
Publisher: Nordic Council for Reindeer Research (NOR)