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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2012

Stakeholder identification and analysis for adaptive governance in the Kovdozersky Model Forest, Russian Federation

Elbakidze, Marine; Angelstam, Per; Axelsson, Robert


The Model Forest is a concept developed to facilitate implementation of sustainable forest management (SFM). The key functions of a Model Forest are to develop innovations and test new ideas related to SFM, driven by the needs, interests and challenges of Model Forest stakeholders and local communities. Russia is an important global actor when it comes to the boreal forest biome and forestry, but also has several challenges related to development of adaptive governance and the introduction of SFM. The purpose of this study is to identify landscape stakeholders-their values, needs and interests-in order to develop and adapt the governance of forest landscapes in the Kovdozersky Model Forest. The location of the Kovdozersky Model Forest in the Barents region presents opportunities for learning between Nordic countries and Russia.


sustainable forest management; landscape; Barents region; Murmansk oblast; collaboration; social learning; integrated spatial planning; rural development

Published in

Forestry Chronicle
2012, Volume: 88, number: 3, pages: 298-305