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Trees are all around us. Tree-politics, paradoxes and farmers’ every day management of woody pastures in Sweden

Författare och institution:
Mattias Sandberg (Institutionen för ekonomi och samhälle, Kulturgeografi)
Publicerad i:
4th Biannual Conference on Nordic Rural Research Nordic Ruralitites Crisis and resilience May 22–24, 2016 University of Akureyri, Iceland ,
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Sammanfattning (abstract):
“Categories are all around us, and although necessary they often create paradoxes that may result in conflictual situations that potentially could be avoided (Dahlberg 2015, p. 207).” Numerous lifeforms depend upon trees for survival. “Humanity” also puts a faith in trees for mitigating climate change, increasing landscape heterogeneity and other benefits. If nothing else, peoples emotional attachments to trees (Pearce et al 2015) are revealed when chainsaws threaten to make room for competing land use. Considering the important role of trees in (agricultural) environmental policy as well as in people’s everyday life, it comes as a surprise that the EU in 2007 imposed rules that potentially encouraged farmers to cut down trees on pastures in order to be granted subsidies. This seemingly paradoxical policy was swiftly enforced in the Swedish subsidy system in order to fulfil the distinctions between what EU considers to be agricultural land and not. This case of “simplifying nature” (Scott 1998) is used as an entry point for talking with farmer’s about their relationship with trees and how the management of woody pastures is influenced by new policy directives.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Social och ekonomisk geografi ->
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2016-09-14 20:44

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