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Laginja, Antonija, 2013. The future of Swedish forests : an analysis of two contrasting policy scenarios. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre



Constant increases in oil prices, greenhouse gas emissions, and concerns about energy import dependence are shifting focus towards renewable resources. In 2009 the European parliament and the council of the European Union have published the directive in which is stated that the mandatory national targets should consist of 20% share of energy from renewable sources and 10% energy from renewable sources in transport in all Member States by the year 2020 (Directive 2009/28/EC).
Bioenergy, production of timber and pulp, possibility to use forests for recreation, water quality, availability of mushrooms, berries and game (non-tree forest products) quality and capacity to contribute to a positive carbon balance are all essential parts of forestry in Sweden (Gustafsson 2009). In the light of changes that are currently affecting forest sector in Europe, Sweden has to face various challenges in order to maintain sustainability of its forest sector.
The main objectives of this study are to produce and analyse two contrasting scenarios as regards overarching policy directions: a biodiversity scenario, exploring the impacts on Swedish forest resources when biodiversity is prioritized in forest management, and wood energy scenario, simulating forest development when the main objective of forest management is to maximize woody biomass production. The results indicate that, depending on the objective, different trade-offs would be necessary.

Main title:The future of Swedish forests
Subtitle:an analysis of two contrasting policy scenarios
Authors:Laginja, Antonija
Supervisor:Jonsson, Ragnar and Sallnäs, Ola
Examiner:Agestam, Eric
Series:Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för sydsvensk skogsvetenskap
Volume/Sequential designation:205
Year of Publication:2013
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:SM001 Euroforester - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Keywords:Policy scenarios, forest resources, future, wood energy, biodiversity, EFSOS
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Agricultural economics and policies
Deposited On:14 Mar 2013 07:35
Metadata Last Modified:14 Mar 2013 07:35

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