Articles by Carina Keskitalo

Carina Keskitalo

Carina is a Professor in Political Science and researches how the climate, policies and the market affect forest utilisation. Examples are: how Sweden and the EU can limit different forest pests that will become increasingly common with climate change, how Swedish risk management plans could handle other possible climate change effects like storm damage and risks of flood, also how improved communication with forest certification plans can support the implementation of environmental consideration. Carina works for the Department of Geography and Economic History at Umeå University as well as for the Department of Forest Resource Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.


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Opposition reveals new ways to adapt forestry to climate change

Climate change carries with it new risks and challenges, for both forestry and the individual forest owner. Previous studies have shown, however, that there are difficulties within forestry in adapting forest management to new conditions. This study discusses how some forest owners express preferences that are not in line with today’s general forestry, and thereby…

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Participation in decision-making is a complex issue

The post-war era has brought with it many social changes in the Western world, not least in regard to democracy. The major trend is increased democratization and greater transparency in central societal processes such as planning and decision-making, for example in issues concerning the use of natural resources. However, this has also entailed complex challenges,…

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Conflicts remain between production and nature conservation

Overall, production and nature conservation hold fast to their different goals for forest management, despite numerous long discussions about appropriate methods and the degree of set-aside. However, there are certain small changes where the two interest areas meet. A great deal of Sweden’s land area comprises of forest, and there are many different goals for…

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The forest needs to be included in the municipalities’ planning

An overarching plan that includes forest and municipal planning as well as other land-use interests is motivated, not least with thought to the possibility to understand and handle conflicts concerning the forest landscape. Municipalities establish a municipal development plan accounting for how the land within the municipality will be used, as well as plans for…

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