Quantifying and easing conflicting goals between interest groups in natural resource planning
Eyvindson, K., Repo, A., Triviño, M., Pynnönen, S., & Mönkkönen, M. (2019). Quantifying and easing conflicting goals between interest groups in natural resource planning. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 49(10), 1233-1241. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfr-2019-0026
Published inCanadian Journal of Forest Research
DisciplineEkologia ja evoluutiobiologiaResurssiviisausyhteisöEcology and Evolutionary BiologySchool of Resource Wisdom
© The Authors 2019
Management of natural resources at the regional level is a compromise between a variety of objectives and interests. At the local level, management of the forests depends upon the ownership structure, with forest owners using their forests as they see fit. A potential conflict occurs if the forest owners’ management decisions are counter to the interests of society in general or the industry that relies on the forest resource as their raw material. We explore the intensity of this conflict at the regional level in several large boreal forest production landscapes. To explore the conflict, we investigate three main interest groups: (i) economically oriented forest owners; (ii) industry groups (focusing on maintaining an even timber supply); and (iii) a group representing general public interests (focusing on enhancing ecosystem services and biodiversity protection). The severity of conflicts differs between interest groups; we found a minor conflict between the economically oriented forest owners and industry and a severe conflict among general public interests and the other groups. By quantifying the conflicts, visualizing the impacts shared among interest groups, we anticipate that through shared discovery and understanding, forests can be managed to lessen the conflicts between interest groups. ...
PublisherNRC Research Press
ISSN Search the Publication Forum0045-5067
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland; Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Funding program(s)Academy Project, AoF; ERA-NET Programmes
Additional information about fundingThis work was supported by the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and by the European Union through the ERA-NET SumForest program (project: FutureBioEcon - Sustainable future of European Forests for developing the bioeconomy) and through the the Academy of Finland (project number 275329).
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