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What is the preference of Swedish forestry stakeholders – biodiversity or production goals?

Healthy and productive forests benefit us all, but what are the priorities of those directly managing Swedish forests? This brief presents a comparison of the preferences of key stakeholders regarding Swedish forest management and biodiversity protection. 

According to the Swedish Forest Act production and environmental goals should be regarded as equally important. Our study finds that forest owners, public forestry officials and employees at industrial forestry companies and forest owners’ associations prefer management practices that promote production rather than biodiversity protection.

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This brief is based on the following publication: 

Nordén, A., J. Coria, A.M. Jönsson, F. Lagergren and V. Lehsten. (2015). Divergence in Stakeholders’ Preferences: Evidence from a Choice Experiment on Forest Landscapes Preferences in Sweden. Working Papers in Economics no: 616. Dept. of Economics, University of Gothenburg.

Responsibility for the content of this brief rests entirely with the authors.

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