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The Bio-Based Economy: Dynamics Governing Transition Pathways in the Swedish Forestry Sector
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
Number of Authors: 42018 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 10, no 4, article id 976Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A transition to a bio-based economy would entail change in coupled social-ecological systems. These systems are characterised by complexity, giving rise to potential unintended consequences and trade-offs caused by actions aiming to facilitate a transition process. Yet, many of the analyses to date have been focusing on single and predominantly technological aspects of the bio-based economy. The main contribution of our work is to the development of an integrated understanding of potential future transition pathways, with the present paper focusing specifically on terrestrial biological resources derived from the forestry sector in Sweden. Desired change processes identified include a transition to diversified forest management, a structural change in the forestry industry to enable high-value added production, and increased political support for the bio-based economy concept. Hindrances identified include the ability to demonstrate added values for end consumers of novel biomass applications, and uncertainty linked to a perceived high level of polarisation in the forestry debate. The results outline how these different processes are interrelated, allowing for the identification of high order leverage points and interventions to facilitate a transition to a bio-based economy.

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2018. Vol. 10, no 4, article id 976
Keywords [en]
bio-based economy, bio-economy, systems analysis, causal loop diagrams, forestry, GREEN & SUSTAINABLE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158173DOI: 10.3390/su10040976ISI: 000435188000080OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158173DiVA, id: diva2:1234162
Available from: 2018-07-23 Created: 2018-07-23 Last updated: 2018-07-23Bibliographically approved

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