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Dissimilar framings of forest biodiversity preservation: Uncertainty and legal ambiguity as contributing factors
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (CUReS)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9274-3634
Faculty of Law, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; Swedish Biodiversity Center, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.
Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: Forest Policy and Economics, ISSN 1389-9341, E-ISSN 1872-7050, Vol. 62, p. 36-42Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Controversies over forestry and environmental issues, including biodiversity, are common. Theory suggests that uncertainty may play a major role in framing biodiversity and its preservation. This paper examines written statements on biodiversity preservation published by two major Swedish organizations, i.e., the Swedish Forest Industries Federation and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, with different interests in forest use. Frame analysis suggests that when the actors pursue a certain policy course, both biodiversity-related uncertainty and lack of regulatory clarity are important factors contributing to dissimilar framings. This case study supports the general understanding that biodiversity-related uncertainty can have important implications for biodiversity preservation, in this case, via forest policy and legislation. Scientific uncertainty may allow actors with dissimilar interests in an issue to justify their standpoints. To successfully manage forest biodiversity in the future, legal frameworks must increasingly find ways to accommodate scientific uncertainty, and models must be developed in which stakeholders’ diverging interests and values address uncertainties via dialogue.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 62, p. 36-42
Keywords [en]
Forestry, Biodiversity, Framing, Uncertainty, Regulation, Forest Policy
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Other Natural Sciences Law
Research subject
Sociology; Law; Biology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-45577DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2015.07.007ISI: 000366535100006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84947863825OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-45577DiVA, id: diva2:846390
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Future Forest, SLU
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Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
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Funding Agencies:

Forestry Research Institute of Sweden (Skogforsk)

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Umeå University

Available from: 2015-08-17 Created: 2015-08-17 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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