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.
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 Marald, Camilla Sandstroem and Annika Nordin Contributing Authors: Lucy Rist, Anna Stens, Karin Beland Lindahl, Annika Carlsson-Kanyama, Johanna Johansson, Carina Keskitalo, Hjalmar Laudon, Rolf Lidskog, Tomas Lamas, Tomas Lundmark, Urban Nilsson, Eva-Maria Nordstroem, Jean-Michel Roberge and Johan Sonesson
Erland Marald is Professor in History of Science and Ideas at Umea University, Sweden. Camilla Sandstroem is Professor in Political Science at Umea 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 Stens, Karin Beland Lindahl, Annika Carlsson-Kanyama, Johanna Johansson, Carina Keskitalo, Hjalmar Laudon, Rolf Lidskog, Tomas Lamas, Tomas Lundmark, Urban Nilsson, Eva-Maria Nordstroem, Jean-Michel Roberge and Johan Sonesson
Reviews for Forest Governance and Management Across Time: Developing a New Forest Social Contract
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