Project leader: Camilla Widmark, Post Doc in forest policy, Department of Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Financed by the Faculty of Forestry, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. 

The Swedish model for forest management and nature conservation is based on varying degrees of consideration in the forest landscape. The nature consideration is based on both state-funded provision (e.g., nature reserves, habitat protection etc.) and on landowner's voluntary provision of biodiversity, so-called general consideration. The legal policy instrument is found in paragraph 30 of the Swedish forestry act which states that the forest owners have the freedom, but also the responsibility, to fulfill the environmental goals of the law and the environmental goals of "Living forests" (Levande skog). The general consideration at regenerational fellings are today lower than at the end of the 1990s and the question is how well do the forestry act and environmental goals serve as a policy instrument from a political and economical perspective. The focus of the project is on non-industrial forest owners studying the function of the policy instrument, the attitudes toward general consideration and the cost of the environmental consideration. The project will be based on a mailing survey which will be complemented by interviews and will be carried out during fall 2011.
forestforest-dead-woodphotos: Camilla Widmark, SLU