Forest Governance and Management Across Time: Developing a New Forest Social Contract (Hardback) book cover

Forest Governance and Management Across Time

Developing a New Forest Social Contract

By Erland Mårald, Camilla Sandstrom, Annika Nordin, and Others

Routledge

190 pages | 23 Color Illus. | 6 B/W Illus.

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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. Second, it considers methods to explore alternative forest futures and how the results from such investigations may influence the present. Third, 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 challenges.

Reviews

"This readable book is aimed at international forest researchers, as well as forest managers, practitioners and policy makers. The book is written in accessible style with sufficient introduction and explanations such that little prior experience of the topic is needed to use the information in the book effectively. Although not stated, it appears especially useful for Swedish audiences and academics in the field of forest governance and practice.." - Verina Ingram, Assistant Professor, Wageningen UR in International Forestry Review Vol.20(1), 2018

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?

Main Authors: Erland Mårald, Camilla Sandström and Annika Nordin

Contributing Authors: Lucy Rist, Anna Sténs, Karin Beland Lindahl, Annika Carlsson-Kanyama, Johanna Johansson, Carina Keskitalo, Hjalmar Laudon, Rolf Lidskog, Tomas Lämås, Tomas Lundmark, Urban Nilsson, Eva-Maria Nordström, Jean-Michel Roberge and Johan Sonesson

About the Authors

Erland Mårald is Professor in History of Science and Ideas at Umeå University, Sweden.

Camilla Sandström is Professor in Political Science at Umeå University, Sweden, and the deputy Program Director of the Future Forests research programme.

Annika Nordin is Professor in Forest Ecophysiology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the Program Director of the Future Forests research programme.

Contributing Authors: Lucy Rist, Anna Sténs, Karin Beland Lindahl, Annika Carlsson-Kanyama, Johanna Johansson, Carina Keskitalo, Hjalmar Laudon, Rolf Lidskog, Tomas Lämås, Tomas Lundmark, Urban Nilsson, Eva-Maria Nordström, Jean-Michel Roberge and Johan Sonesson

About the Series

The Earthscan Forest Library

The Earthscan Forest Library

This series brings together a wide collection of volumes addressing diverse aspects of forests and forestry and draws on a range of disciplinary perspectives. Titles cover the full range of forest science and include the biology, ecology, biodiversity, restoration, management (including silviculture and timber production), geography and environment (including climate change), socio-economics, anthropology, policy, law and governance. The series aims to demonstrate the important role of forests in nature, peoples’ livelihoods and in contributing to broader sustainable development goals. It is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, professionals, policy-makers and concerned members of civil society. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor (Hannah.Ferguson@tandf.co.uk).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TEC003040
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Forestry