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Forests 2011, 2(3), 631-636; doi:10.3390/f2030631
Communication

Science for Trade-Offs Between Conflicting Interests in Future Forests

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1 Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Umeå Plant Science Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), SE-901 83 Umeå, Sweden 2 Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), P.O. Box 7044, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden 3 Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden 4 Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), P.O. Box 49, SE-230 53 Alnarp, Sweden
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Received: 13 July 2011 / Accepted: 2 August 2011 / Published: 9 August 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Future Forests)
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Abstract

Forests deliver multiple ecosystem services to society. Management of forests must be able to deal with trade-offs when the delivery of different ecosystem services comes in conflict with each other. The research program Future Forests (http://www.futureforests.se) attempts to form a scientific basis for managing such trade-offs between conflicting interests in northern boreal forests. Some key characteristics of the research program are interdisciplinary and participatory research and a clear communication agenda for stakeholders. This paper gives a brief overview of the underlying ideas behind the program, and an introduction to the papers published in this Special Issue.
Keywords: boreal forests; conflicting goals; interdisciplinary research; participatory approaches; research program boreal forests; conflicting goals; interdisciplinary research; participatory approaches; research program
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Nordin, A.; Larsson, S.; Moen, J.; Linder, S. Science for Trade-Offs Between Conflicting Interests in Future Forests. Forests 2011, 2, 631-636.

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