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Public perceptions and acceptance of intensive forestry in Sweden
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Building and Energy Technology. (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)
2014 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 43, no 2, 196-206 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The use of intensive forestry on part of the forested area in Sweden increases the production of forest biomass and enables an increased use of such biomass to mitigate climate change. However, with increasing conflicting interests in forests and forestry, the success of such a strategy depends on the public acceptance. In this paper, the results of a mail survey show that although a majority of the general public in Sweden supports measures to increase forest growth, they oppose the use of intensive forestry practices such as the cultivation of exotic tree species, clones, and forest fertilization. The acceptance of such practices is mainly influenced by the perceptions of their environmental consequences. Public acceptance was highest for forest fertilization, whereas clone cultivation was the least accepted practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 43, no 2, 196-206 p.
Keyword [en]
Intensive forestry, acceptance, perceptions, general public, Sweden
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Technology (byts ev till Engineering)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-25745DOI: 10.1007/s13280-013-0411-9ISI: 000330956900007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84897104819OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-25745DiVA: diva2:622483
Available from: 2013-05-22 Created: 2013-05-22 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically 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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