Avoiding the pitfalls of adaptive management implementation in Swedish silviculture

Rist, Lucy and Felton, Adam and Mårald, Erland and Samuelsson, Lars and Lundmark, Tomas and Rosvall, Ola (2016) Avoiding the pitfalls of adaptive management implementation in Swedish silviculture. Ambio, 45 (2). pp. 140-151. ISSN 1654-7209

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13280-015-0750-9


There is a growing demand for alternatives to Sweden’s current dominant silvicultural system, driven by a desire to raise biomass production, meet environmental goals and mitigate climate change. However, moving towards diversified forest management that deviates from well established silvicultural practices carries many uncertainties and risks. Adaptive management is often suggested as an effective means of managing in the context of such complexities. Yet there has been scepticism over its appropriateness in cases characterised by large spatial extents, extended temporal scales and complex land ownership—characteristics typical of Swedish forestry. Drawing on published research, including a new paradigm for adaptive management, we indicate how common pitfalls can be avoided during implementation. We indicate the investment, infrastructure, and considerations necessary to benefit from adaptive management. In doing so, we show how this approach could offer a pragmatic operational model for managing the uncertainties, risks and obstacles associated with new silvicultural systems and the challenges facing Swedish forestry.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Future Forest Subject: Skogsbruk i klimatförändringens tid > Osäkerhet och risk
Skogsbruk för många olika nyttor > Dialogmodeller
Skogsbruk för många olika nyttor > Metoder för skötsel
Depositing User: Christer Enkvist
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 14:23
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 14:23
URI: https://ffpdb.slu.se/id/eprint/3781

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