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Forests 2011, 2(1), 415-430;

How Can Forest Management Adapt to Climate Change? Possibilities in Different Forestry Systems

Forests in Rural Studies Unit, Department of Forest Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE-901 83 Umeå, Sweden
Department of Social and Economic Geography, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden
Received: 28 January 2011 / Revised: 25 February 2011 / Accepted: 11 March 2011 / Published: 15 March 2011
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It is only relatively recently that national adaptation strategies have begun to develop measures by which forestry can adapt to climate change; often those measures opt to use a relatively general strategy for coping under conditions of disturbance. Particularly in states using intensive forest management, such as Sweden, this approach marks a departure from current strategies for achieving maximum yield. In other countries, however, where the economic output from forestry is less significant and interests such as biodiversity, local use and tourism, may figure more prominently, the conditions for developing risk-based forest management may be more manifest. This study reviews literature on adaptations in forest management, and analyzes country reports submitted as part of an EU27 project. The study concludes that the diverse prerequisites and policies of states have seldom been reflected in the design of adaptation management actions to date. View Full-Text
Keywords: forest governance; forest management; climate change; adaptation; EU forest governance; forest management; climate change; adaptation; EU
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Keskitalo, E.C.H. How Can Forest Management Adapt to Climate Change? Possibilities in Different Forestry Systems. Forests 2011, 2, 415-430.

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