Articles by Svante Karlsson

Svante Karlsson

Svante is a PhD and Assistant Professor in Human Geography, and conducts research on human geography, economic and political geography with a concentration on societal transformation and rural development, and the institutional framework for local development. The legislation surrounding the forest, in a broad interpretation, assigns rights and responsibilities to different groups, which means that the forest can be seen as a space for both action and influence. In pace with the changes in society and new groups claiming forest and other lands, various conflicts of interest can arise. Svante is active at Karlstad University.


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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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Vital companies in rural areas

Today’s economy, which is based on the access to the right manpower and the spread of knowledge, has fundamentally changed the conditions for economic development in sparsely populated areas. However, despite a concentration of markets in urban areas, there are good examples of companies that have succeeded in more sparsely populated areas. Companies are growing…

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