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Östling, Isabelle, 2023. Stories from the Swedish forest debate in the light of the climate - and biodiversity crisis : a discourse analysis of the concept Closer-to-Nature. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



The concept Closer-to-Nature in forestry is increasingly acknowledged in the forestry-debates in Europe and in Sweden. The concept is one of many that has evolved through the challenges of our time, where climate change and biodiversity crisis are at our doorstep.

In Europe and in Sweden there is an ongoing process taking place that involves developing a definition of the concept Closer-to-Nature, while on the same time the concept is ambiguous, and actors are struggling to fill the concept with different meanings. Drawing on Hajer´s argumentative approach, this thesis aims to understand and illustrate how meaning is ascribed to Closer-to-Nature forestry and how that meaning (re)produces certain forest practices, as well as how storylines that are expressed in the debate about Closer-to-Nature in Sweden are mobilizing different actors. The study shows that Closer-to-Nature is filled with meaning through already existing practices and knowledge in Sweden, and what is emphasized in the debate is the power of decision-making by referring to who has the right to make decisions, who should be involved and on what level should decisions be taken, rather than the concept as such.

Main title:Stories from the Swedish forest debate in the light of the climate - and biodiversity crisis
Subtitle:a discourse analysis of the concept Closer-to-Nature
Authors:Östling, Isabelle
Supervisor:Holmgren, Sara and Åhlvik, Therese
Examiner:Mutter, Amelia
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2023
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM026 Environmental communication and management - Master's programme
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:Closer-to-Nature forestry, environmental communication, forest management, Sweden
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Deposited On:22 Jun 2023 06:09
Metadata Last Modified:23 Jun 2023 01:00

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