Journal News Feed – SJFR Volume 30, Issue 3, 2015

The journal news feed presents key findings from selected scientific articles from SNS’ scientific journal Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. The summaries are personal interpretations of the content made by the editor of News & Views.

Journal news feed from Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research (SJFR) Volume 30, cialis Issue 3, cialis 2015  reviews three new interesting research articles selected from the special issue “Forest Policy”.

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Despite learning about climate change Swedish foresters marginally adjust their management

Can discussions and learning increase awareness and willingness to respond proactively to climate change? This study reports interviews with stakeholders who had participated in focus group meetings about climate change risks and adaptation. Forestry stakeholders found that the process increased their knowledge of how both laymen and scientists interpreted climate risks. However, ed their personal willingness to act was only marginally changed. They still saw no urgent need to adapt their forest management. Many found the scientific evidence complex, uncertain, and inconsistent with their personal experiences. The authors conclude that scientific knowledge must address the needs, objectives and aspirations of stakeholders.

Read more in: Vulturius, G. & Gerger Swartling, Å. 2015. Overcoming social barriers to learning and engagement with climate change adaptation: experiences with Swedish forestry stakeholders. Scand J For Res 30(3), 217-225.

Female entrepreneurs must be targeted

The Swedish government has launched a “National Gender Equality Strategy” for the forestry sector, aiming to give men and women equal opportunities to own and manage forests and to run or work in forest enterprises. This study discusses the strategy and similar soft-governance instruments. It finds that many rural business policy programs are run “top-down” without focusing on specific target groups, leading to men’s businesses being favoured. In order to be effective, instruments should identify target groups such as women with an interest in entrepreneurship in the forestry sector. For this group, activities other than traditional forestry activities may supplement their businesses.

Read more in: Appelstrand, M. & Lidestav, G. 2015. Women entrepreneurship – a shortcut to a more competitive and equal forestry sector. Scand J For Res 30(3), 226-234.

The vision of Forest Kingdom is production-oriented

A Swedish governmental vision “The forest kingdom – with values for the world” was launched in a spirit of loosening conventional boundaries of the forest sector and regarding the forest from a broader perspective, including gender equality and climate change. This study has dug more deeply into texts offered from The Forest Kingdom, and found that climate change is represented as a business opportunity, and women as potential employees or active forest owners rather than as active citizens. The values underlying Forest Kingdom are rooted in individualism, faith in markets and an implicit assumption that economic growth should be the main socio-economic goal. In that sense, Forest Kingdom is retrograde, moving back to views before the Forestry Act in 1993 when timber production and conservation of the environment started to be treated as equally valuable goals.

Read more in: Holmgren, S. & Arora-Jonsson, S. 2015. The Forest Kingdom – with what values for the world? Climate change and gender equality in a contested forest policy context. Scand J For Res 30(3), 235-245.