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Forests 2016, 7(2), 28; doi:10.3390/f7020028

Adaptation to Climate Change in Swedish Forestry

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Department of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden
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Department of Forestry and Wood Technology, Linnaeus University, 351 95 Växjö, Sweden
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Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, SLU, Box 49, Rörsjöv 1, 230 53 Alnarp, Sweden
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Department of Ecology, SLU, Box 7044, Ulls väg 16, 75007 Uppsala, Sweden
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Skogforsk, Uppsala Science Park, 751 83 Uppsala, Sweden
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Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, SLU, 901 83 Umeå, Sweden
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Skogforsk, Uppsala Science Park, 751 83 Uppsala, Sweden
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Department of Forest Ecology and Management, SLU, 901 83 Umeå, Sweden
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Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, SLU, 901 83 Umeå, Sweden
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Department of Ecology, SLU, Box 7044, Ulls väg 16, 75007 Uppsala, Sweden
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Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, SLU, Box 7026, 750 07 Uppsala, Sweden
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Academic Editors: Rodney J. Keenan and Eric J. Jokela
Received: 17 November 2015 / Revised: 18 December 2015 / Accepted: 6 January 2016 / Published: 28 January 2016
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Abstract

Adaptation to climate change in forestry has become a growing concern, in part due to the impact of storms and other events that have raised the awareness of such risks amongst forest owners. Sweden is one of Europe’s most densely-forested countries, with this sector playing a major role economically. However adaptation has, to a large extent, been limited to the provision of recommendations to forest managers, most of which have only been partially implemented. This paper summarizes research with direct implications for adaptation to climate change within the forestry sector in Sweden. The focus is based in particular on providing examples of adaptations that illustrate the specific Swedish orientation to adaptation, in line with its relatively intensive forest management system. The paper thus illustrates a specific Swedish orientation to adaptation through active management, which can be contrasted with approaches to adaptation in other forestry systems, in particular those with limited management or management based on maintaining natural forests in particular. View Full-Text
Keywords: adaptation to climate change; forestry; Sweden adaptation to climate change; forestry; Sweden
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Keskitalo, E.C.H.; Bergh, J.; Felton, A.; Björkman, C.; Berlin, M.; Axelsson, P.; Ring, E.; Ågren, A.; Roberge, J.-M.; Klapwijk, M.J.; Boberg, J. Adaptation to Climate Change in Swedish Forestry. Forests 2016, 7, 28.

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