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Governance - Human responses to multi-species management

Nowadays, the number of ungulates and predators increases. New species establish themselves in Sweden. This means that wildlife management must deal with increased complexity in relation to other social interests, and these interests are balanced to promote a legitimate sustainable wildlife management. Sustainable future wildlife management needs to take into account both individual and collective dimensions.

In GOVERNANCE we study (1) the individual, socio-cultural and political-institutional dimensions of wildlife management (2) the adaptive multi-species management capacity to manage current and future challenges, and 3) the conditions for knowledge-building and skills development in the future of wildlife management.

GOVERNANCE develops the ecosystem based and adaptive moose management system in order to include other ungulates and large predators.

Our analyses of individual, socio-cultural and political-institutional dimensions are based on environmental psychology, social anthropology and political science theories and are implemented in close cooperation with the ecological perspective in the projects BEYOND MOOSE. We use quantitative and qualitative research methods to achieve both breadth and depth in our empirical studies.

GOVERNANCE covers 3 + 3 years and works on the basis of five key concepts to study what it takes for a legitimate and sustainable wildlife management: trust, representation, knowledge spheres, communication and leadership.

GOVERNANCE responds to the need to achieve acceptance and tolerance both for individual species and the ecosystems/landscapes that the adaptive wildlife management should deal with.

GOVERNANCE provides deeper applicable knowledge about how the current management system can handle increasing populations of both ungulates and carnivores in the country.

Project duration: 2015–2020
Financed by: Viltvårdsfonden

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