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Dissimilar framings of forest biodiversity preservation: Uncertainty and legal ambiguity as contributing factors
Univ Orebro, Sch Humanities Educ & Social Sci, SE-70182 Orebro, Sweden..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Dept Ecol, SE-75007 Uppsala, Sweden..
2016 (English)In: Forest Policy and Economics, ISSN 1389-9341, E-ISSN 1872-7050, Vol. 62, 36-42 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Controversies over forestry and environmental issues, including biodiversity, are common. Theory suggests that uncertainty may play a major role in framing biodiversity and its preservation. This paper examines written statements on biodiversity preservation published by two major Swedish organizations, i.e., the Swedish Forest Industries Federation and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, with different interests in forest use. Frame analysis suggests that when the actors pursue a certain policy course, both biodiversity-related uncertainty and lack of regulatory clarity are important factors contributing to dissimilar framings. This case study supports the general understanding that biodiversity-related uncertainty can have important implications for biodiversity preservation, in this case, via forest policy and legislation. Scientific uncertainty may allow actors with dissimilar interests in an issue to justify their standpoints. To successfully manage forest biodiversity in the future, legal frameworks must increasingly find ways to accommodate scientific uncertainty, and models must be developed in which stakeholders' diverging interests and values address uncertainties via dialogue.

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2016. Vol. 62, 36-42 p.
Keyword [en]
Forestry, Biodiversity, Framing, Uncertainty, Regulation, Forest policy
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Law Forest Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-274272DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2015.07.007ISI: 000366535100006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-274272DiVA: diva2:912767
Available from: 2016-03-17 Created: 2016-01-20 Last updated: 2016-03-17Bibliographically approved

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