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Fostering a flexible forest: Challenges and strategies in the advisory practice of a deregulated forest management system
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (Miljösociologiska sektionen)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6735-0011
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (Environmental Sociology Section)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3679-3140
2016 (English)In: Forest Policy and Economics, ISSN 1389-9341, E-ISSN 1872-7050, Vol. 62, 177-183 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In deregulated forestmanagement systems, social norms, knowledge dissemination and communication are pivotal for guiding forest owners' actions. This presents a challenge to national forest agencies charged with the task of translating forest policy into practice. Drawing on interviewswith forest consultants employed by the Swedish Forest Agency, this paper discusses the challenges present in everyday advisory practice, howthey are dealtwith, and possible implications for forest policy. Fourmain challenges are identified: climate change; the heterogeneity of forest owners; resource constraints and funding cutbacks; and competing and conflicting advice. The analysis finds that the forest consultants have developed the following professional capacities to meet these challenges: articulating uncertainties, advocating risk diversification, and using historical references to handle the long-term risk associated with climate change; contextualizing the advice to meet the needs of a heterogeneous group of forest owners; and organizational decoupling, whereby consultants prioritize advisory activities at the expense of other tasks. The study concludes by discussing the implications of these strategies for the forest consultants and forest policy but also what can be learned from the Swedish experience.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 62, 177-183 p.
Keyword [en]
Forest governance, forest professionals, norm distribution, knowledge dissemination, climate change, Swedish forest policy
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Forest Science
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46643DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2015.10.015ISI: 000366535100022Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84947810038OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-46643DiVA: diva2:872697
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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: 2015-11-19 Created: 2015-11-19 Last updated: 2016-01-08Bibliographically approved

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