Forest Governance and Management Across Time

Forest Governance and Management Across Time : Developing a New Forest Social Contract

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The influence of the past, and of the future on current-time tradeoffs in the forest arena are particularly relevant given the long-term successions in forest landscapes and the hundred years' rotations in forestry. Historically established path dependencies and conflicts determine our present situation and delimit what is possible to achieve. Similarly, future trends and desires have a large influence on decision making. Nevertheless, decisions about forest governance and management are always made in the present - in the present-time appraisal of the developed situation, future alternatives and in negotiation between different perspectives, interests, and actors. This book explores historic and future outlooks as well as current tradeoffs and methods in forest governance and management. It emphasizes the generality and complexity with empirical data from Sweden and internationally. It first investigates, from a historical perspective, how previous forest policies and discourses have influenced current forest governance and management. Secondly, it explores methods to realise alternative forest futures and how the results from such investigations may influence the present. Thirdly, it examines current methods of balancing tradeoffs in decision-making among ecosystem services. Based on the findings the authors develop an integrated approach - Reflexive Forestry - to support exchange of knowledge and understandings to enable capacity building and the establishment of common ground. Such societal agreements, or what the authors elaborate as forest social contracts, are sets of relational commitment between involved actors that may generate mutual action and a common directionality to meet contemporary more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 159 x 235mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 Line drawings, color; 13 Halftones, color; 6 Halftones, black and white; 5 Tables, color; 23 Illustrations, color; 6 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138904309
  • 9781138904309

About Erland Marald

Erland Marald is Professor of History of Science and Ideas at Umea University, Sweden. Camilla Sandstrom is a Professor in Political Science at Umea University, Sweden, and the deputy Program Director of the Future Forests research programme. Annika Nordin is a Professor in Forest Ecophysiology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the Program Director of the Future Forests research more

Table of contents

Introduction Part I: Looking back Chapter 1 Forest Benefits Chapter 2 Forest Knowledge and management Chapter 3 Forest governance Part II: Looking forward Chapter 4 Methods to study forests' futures Chapter 5 Contemporary future forest research Chapter 6 Reflective forest futures Part III: Grasping the present Chapter 7 Integrated approaches - in theory and practice Chapter 8 Efforts to bridge governance and management in Swedish forests Part IV Reflective Forestry Chapter 9 The Principles of Reflective Forestry Chapter 10 The toolbox of Reflective Forestry Chapter 11 Towards a new forest social contract?show more