Stakeholder perceptions of adaptation space: The relevance of directexperience and perceived ability to adapt to climate change in Sweden
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This paper analyses perceptions of adaptation space in Swedish forestry and the potential for developing and implementing climate adaptation processes. The empirical material of this study builds on participatory methods and focus group discussions with private forest owners and forest officials in two forest intensive regions in Sweden. This allowed for a qualitative analysis of the many aspects of adaptation processes, with adaptation space as the main analytical framework to understand the capacity for climate adaptation on levels other than the national average, departing from actor’s perceptions rather than statistics and indices. We discuss if and how exposure to extreme weather events and variability in the past, and the prospect of future climate change and extremes, translates into adaptation action, and examine the role of perceived ability to adapt to the multiple effects of climate change.
Adaptation space, adaptive capacity, awareness, climate change, concern, forestry sector, perceptions, risk management, Sweden
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-90498OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-90498DiVA: diva2:613530