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Why protection of biodiversity creates conflict – Some evidence from the Nordic countries

Even Bergseng, , even.bergseng@umb.no Arild Vatn, ,
 
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Even Bergseng and Arild Vatn (2009), "Why protection of biodiversity creates conflict – Some evidence from the Nordic countries", Journal of Forest Economics: Vol. 15: No. 3, pp 147-165. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2008.04.002

Published: 0/8/2009
© 0 2009 Even Bergseng, Arild Vatn
 
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JEL Codes:Q23Q28Q57
BiodiversityConflictConservationForestGovernanceProcess
 

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In this article:
Introduction
Reasons for conflicts – some theoretical considerations
Material and methods
Estimation methodology
Results
Discussion
Concluding remarks

Abstract

Protection of biodiversity on private forest land often yields conflict. In standard economic theory, disputes about compensation and compensation level are held forward as the main reason for conflict. We discuss the reasons for conflict in protection of biodiversity in forests also including institutional explanations and use survey data on Nordic forest owners to empirically explore different hypotheses for why conflict appears. Type of process and level of communication stand out as important elements when explaining forest owners’ attitudes towards forest protection. If one wants to lessen or avoid conflict, offering forest owners extended possibilities to participate in the protection process is important.

DOI:10.1016/j.jfe.2008.04.002