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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2013

Multifaceted value profiles of forest owner categories in South Sweden: the River Helge å catchment as a case study.

Richnau, Gustav; Angelstam, Per; Valasiuk, Sviataslau; Elbakidze, Marine; Zahvoyska, Lyudmyla; Axelsson, Robert; Farley, Joshua; Jönsson, K. Ingemar; Soloviy, Ihor

Abstract

Forest landscapes provide benefits from a wide range of goods, function and intangible values. But what are different forest owner categories’ profiles of economic use and non-use values? This study focuses on the complex forest ownership pattern of the River Helge å catchment including the Kristianstad Vattenrike Biosphere Reserve in southern Sweden. We made 89 telephone interviews with informants representing the four main forest owner categories. Our mapping included consumptive and non-consumptive direct use values, indirect use values, and non-use values such as natural and cultural heritage. While the value profiles of non-industrial forest land owners and municipalities included all value categories, the forest companies focused on wood production, and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency on nature protection. We discuss the challenges of communicating different forest owners’ economic value profiles among stakeholders, the need for a broader suite of forest management systems, and fora for collaborative planning.

Keywords

Economic sustainability, Forest management, Kristianstad Vattenrike Biosphere Reserve, Landscape governance

Published in

AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment
2013, Volume: 42, number: 2, pages: 188–200