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Swedish private forest owners’ perceptions and intentions with respect to adopting exotic tree species
Mittuniversitetet. (SBER)
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Building and Energy Technology. (SBER)
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Building and Energy Technology. (SBER)
2013 (English)In: European Journal of Forest Research, ISSN 1612-4669, E-ISSN 1612-4677, Vol. 132, no 3, 433-444 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Swedish forest growth can be increased through intensive forestry practices, enabling an increased use of forest biomass for climate-change mitigation. However, the diffusion of such practices depends on the forest owners’ adoption of them. We study Swedish private forest owners’ perceptions and intentions with respect to increasing forest growth by adopting exotic tree species. The results of a mail-in questionnaire survey show that although a majority of forest owners desire increasing forest growth, most owners have only a basic understanding of exotic tree species and a smaller proportion is interested in adopting them. The intention to adopt exotics seems to depend on the perceived performance of the species with respect to the economic aspects of forest management rather than on environmental or recreational concerns. Whereas a knowledge gap among the private forest owners regarding how to increase forest growth is implied, forest owners with higher self-rated knowledge of forestry and exotics have stronger intentions to adopt such species.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 132, no 3, 433-444 p.
Keyword [en]
Private forest owners, Intensive forestry, Perceptions, Exotics, Sweden
National Category
Forest Science Energy Systems Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Forestry and Wood Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-25319DOI: 10.1007/s10342-013-0682-5ISI: 000317422900003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84876085494OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-25319DiVA: diva2:616225
Available from: 2013-04-15 Created: 2013-04-15 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Perceptions of intensive forestry and multi-storey wood frames among Swedish actors
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Perceptions of intensive forestry and multi-storey wood frames among Swedish actors
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Implementation of intensive forestry (fertilization, cultivation of non-native tree species, and clone cultivation) on part of the forested land area in Sweden and an increased construction of wood-framed multi-storey buildings can contribute to reduce the net carbon dioxide emissions of the built environment. This thesis evaluates the acceptance of and interest in intensive forestry and multi-storey wood frames among different actors, and some of the underlying reasons for their approach. The results of quantitative and qualitative studies among members of the general public, private forest owners, architects, and contracts managers in Sweden are presented in six different papers. Both intensive forestry and multi-storey wood frames lack sufficient acceptance and compliance with relevant institutions such as priorities, norms, and regulations in the eyes of the studied actors. The acceptance of intensive forestry would be larger among members of the general public if they would perceive such practices to have less negative environmental effects and perceive a greater need to increase forest growth. Among the private forest owners, the interest to cultivate non-native tree species would be larger if there were more positive attitudes towards the economic consequences. Architects and contracts managers associate multistorey wood frames with several disadvantages and uncertainties, primarily with respect to fire safety, stability, durability, and sound proofing. The contracts managers’ perceptions have stronger implications for the prospects for wood frames, than the architects’ perceptions do. Promotional activities aimed to change such perceptions may improve the prospects for more wood framed multi-storey buildings in Sweden. The path dependency of Swedish multi-storey construction however implies that such activities are not enough for multi-storey wood frames to diffuse to greater extent. Broader changes to the wider context of the decisions taken in construction projects, e.g. to policy or economic environments, which change the priorities of the construction industry actors, are needed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2015. 56 p.
Series
Linnaeus University Dissertations, 214/2015
Keyword
multi-storey wood frames, intensive forestry, actor perceptions, legitimacy, path dependence
National Category
Civil Engineering
Research subject
Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Civil engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-43208 (URN)978-91-87925-52-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-04-13, Södra-salen, Hus M, Växjö, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2015-05-16 Created: 2015-05-13 Last updated: 2016-01-27Bibliographically approved

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