WG 8 Forest policy in transition – University of Copenhagen

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WG 8 Forest policy in transition

The socio-political demands for forests to provide benefits to society are ever-changing, at an ever- increasing speed. The increasing demand for wood supply for material and bioenergy use, the conservation of forests to foster biodiversity and the carbon sequestration function of forest for climate change mitigation are only a few of these partly conflicting demands. On top of this many of the forest areas in Scandinavia are predominantly privately owned. This creates a need for innovative modes of governance that on the one hand support forestry as units of production and income generation for private owners and, on the other hand, motivate these same owners to provide the other material and immaterial services demanded by society.

With this working group, we welcome papers focusing on the changing role of forests in society, the ever-changing patterns of governance aimed to enhance the provisions of services from forests to society, the perceptions and sense-making of forest owners, and the interaction among different stakeholders in the co-production of modern forestry.


Suzanne Vedel, Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen
Daniela Kleinschmit, Unit of Forest Policy, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala