Forest owners’ views on storing carbon in their forests

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Karppinen , H , Hänninen , M & Valsta , L T 2018 , ' Forest owners’ views on storing carbon in their forests ' , Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research , vol. 33 , no. 7 , pp. 708-715 .

Title: Forest owners’ views on storing carbon in their forests
Author: Karppinen, Heimo; Hänninen, Maria; Valsta, Lauri Tapani
Contributor organization: Department of Forest Sciences
Lauri Valsta / Principal Investigator
Forest Bioeconomy, Business and Sustainability
Metsänomistaja 2020
Forest Economics, Business and Society
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research
ISSN: 0282-7581
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.
Subject: 4112 Forestry
carbon storage
climate change
family ownership
forest management
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion

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