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Evaluation of Multi-level Social Learning for Sustainable Landscapes: Perspective of a Development Initiative in Bergslagen, Sweden
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Skinnskatteberg, Sweden.
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Skinnskatteberg, Sweden.
Foundation Säfsen Forests, Skinnskatteberg, Sweden .
Bergskraft Bergslagen Economic Association, Kopparberg, Sweden.
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2013 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, Vol. 42, no 2, 241-253 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To implement policies about sustainable landscapes and rural development necessitates social learning about states and trends of sustainability indicators, norms that define sustainability, and adaptive multi-level governance. We evaluate the extent to which social learning at multiple governance levels for sustainable landscapes occur in 18 local development initiatives in the network of Sustainable Bergslagen in Sweden. We mapped activities over time, and interviewed key actors in the network about social learning. While activities resulted in exchange of experiences and some local solutions, a major challenge was to secure systematic social learning and make new knowledge explicit at multiple levels. None of the development initiatives used a systematic approach to secure social learning, and sustainability assessments were not made systematically. We discuss how social learning can be improved, and how a learning network of development initiatives could be realized.

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Springer Netherlands, 2013. Vol. 42, no 2, 241-253 p.
Keyword [en]
Collaborative learning, Sustainable development, Case study, Knowledge production, Governance
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-95926DOI: 10.1007/s13280-012-0378-yOAI: diva2:639920
Available from: 2013-08-11 Created: 2013-08-11 Last updated: 2013-08-16Bibliographically approved

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