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Conservation values of certified-driven voluntary forest set-asides

dc.contributor.authorSimonsson, P.
dc.contributor.authorÖstlund, K.
dc.contributor.authorGustafsson, L.
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-23T18:56:33Z
dc.date.available2022-01-23T18:56:33Z
dc.identifier.urihttps://open.fsc.org/handle/resource/793
dc.titleConservation values of certified-driven voluntary forest set-asidesen
dcterms.abstractAn essential component of many forest certification schemes is that landowners should voluntarily set aside a proportion of their forestland with the main aim of promoting biodiversity. However, the influence on biodiversity of such conservation areas is largely unknown. In this study, we compared the area extent, structural diversity of importance to biodiversity and stand characteristics between voluntary set-asides (VSA1) established through certification, formally state-protected nature reserves (R2) and managed production forests (PF3). We used data from the Swedish National Forest Inventory and focused on forestry company land in boreal Sweden, amounting to about 7 million ha. VSA and R were found to cover approximately the same area (0.6 million ha each) but VSA were more numerous, especially for sizes <10 ha, whereas most areas >10,000 ha belonged to R. VSA also occurred in more southerly locations. VSA were intermediate between R and PF regarding dead wood volume, number of large diameter trees ha?1 and value of a composite structural index. VSA had significantly higher volumes of the important broadleaved trees species aspen, rowan and sallow. VSA and R were much older and had lower site productivity than PF, but VSA had higher total standing volumes. Our analysis showed that certified-driven VSA are an important complement to traditional reserves regarding size and structural factors important to biodiversity. Thus, future development of planning models should consider both types of set-asides and their spatial configuration. This will require integration of non-state and state governance processes.en
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dcterms.bibliographicCitationSimonsson, P., Östlund, L. and Gustafsson, L., 2016. Conservation values of certified-driven voluntary forest set-asides. Forest Ecology and Management, 375, pp.249-258.en
dcterms.issued2016
dcterms.languageen
dcterms.licenseCC-BY-4.0en
dcterms.typeJournal Article
dspace.entity.typePublication
fsc.evidenceCategoryFSC impact-related
fsc.focus.forestTypeNatural Forest
fsc.focus.forestZoneBoreal
fsc.focus.sustainDimensionEnvironmental
fsc.subjectForests
fsc.subjectCertification
is.availability.fullTextFull text available
is.contributor.funderTypePrivate funds (NGOs, companies, VSS self-funded etc)
is.contributor.memberForest Stewardship Council
is.coverage.countrySweden
is.coverage.countryAlpha2SE
is.coverage.geographicLevelRegion
is.coverage.latitude60.128161
is.coverage.longitude18.643501
is.coverage.regionEurope
is.evaluation.collectionField measurement
is.evaluation.counterfactsYes
is.evaluation.dataSourcePrivate company data
is.evidenceSubTypeEmpirical study - with matched control, data collected post-intervention
is.evidenceTypeEmpirical study
is.extent.pages249-258
is.extent.volume375
is.focus.productsOther forestry and logging
is.focus.sdgSDG 15 - Life on Land
is.focus.sectorsForestry
is.focus.sustainDimensionEnvironmental
is.focus.sustainIssueForests and other ecosystems
is.focus.sustainLensEcosystem
is.focus.sustainOutcomeEcosystem quality
is.focus.systemElementMandE outcomes and impacts
is.focus.systemElementMandE performance monitoring
is.identifier.codeImpacts
is.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2016.05.039
is.identifier.fscdoihttp://dx.doi.org/10.34800/fsc-international798
is.identifier.schemeNameForest Stewardship Council
is.identifier.schemeTypeVoluntary Sustainability Standards
is.item.reviewStatusPeer reviewed
is.journalNameForest Ecology and Management
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