Forest owners’ views on storing carbon in their forests

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Abstract

Given the high percentage of private forest ownership in Finland, family forest owners have an important role in mitigating climate change. The study aims to explore Finnish family forest owners' perceptions on climate change and their opinions on increasing carbon storage in their forests through new kinds of management activities and policy instruments. The data consists of thematic face-to-face interviews among Helsinki metropolitan area forest owners (n = 15). These city-dwellers were expected to be more aware of and more interested in climate change mitigation than forest owners at large. Forests as carbon fluxes appear to be a familiar concept to most of the forest owners, but carbon storage in their own forests was a new idea. Four types concerning forest owners' view on storing carbon in their forests could be identified. The Pioneer utilizes forestland versatilely and has already adopted practices to mitigate climate change. The Potential is concerned about climate change, but this is not seen in forest practices applied. The Resistant is generally aware of climate change but sees a fundamental contradiction between carbon storing and wood production. The Indifferent Owner believes that climate change is taking place but does not acknowledge a relation between climate change and the owner's forests.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Forest Research
Volume33
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)708-715
Number of pages8
ISSN0282-7581
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 4112 Forestry
  • Attitudes
  • carbon storage
  • climate change
  • family ownership
  • forest management
  • LANDOWNER INTEREST
  • ROTATION AGE
  • WILLINGNESS
  • CREDITS
  • PARTICIPATION
  • SEQUESTRATION
  • CONSERVATION
  • SERVICES
  • MARKETS
  • FINLAND

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