Landscape planning for forest biodiversity and diverse forestry.

According to a state report of 2015, it will not be possible to meet Sweden´s Environmental Objective "Sustainable Forests" with current policy instruments.


  • Lead department School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
  • Institute Multifunctional Forest Management
  • Research unit Forest Policy and International Forest Management
  • Funding organisation Others
  • Duration 01.04.2016 - 31.12.2019
  • Project management Astrid Mirjam Zabel von Felten
  • Head of project Astrid Mirjam Zabel von Felten
  • Keywords Landscape planning, environmental economics, Sweden


The project seeks to explore legal and ecological preconditions as well as policy instruments for spatial planning of forest landscapes.

Course of action

While project partners in Sweden are adressing the legal and ecological parts of the project, the economic research is being conducted at HAFL in collaboration with SLU Umeå. The goal is to design a new policy measure based on an environmental tax-fund system for conservation. Ideally, it should be fully funded, internalize the cost of ecosystem services and address equity concerns by creating a more even distribution of the costs of conservation measures among forest owners.