Bergslagen (LTSER platform) - Sweden
Bergslagen (LTSER platform)
Bergslagen LTSER platform
Bergslagen is an informal region in south-central Sweden (ca. 59–61º N latitude, 13–15º E longitude). The history of industrial natural resource use began with production of metals more than 2000 years ago. The name Bergslagen comes from the words mine (berg in Swedish) and law or team (lag in Swedish). The landscapes of Bergslagen form a gradient between urban areas in Mälardalen with temperate forest remnants in agricultural settings, and rural remote boreal forest regions. Bergslagen includes parts of nine counties, and all municipalities and communities in its core has a peripheral location in relation to regional centres of economic growth. Read more: Angelstam, P., K. Andersson, M. Isacson, D.V. Gavrilov, R. Axelsson, M. Bäckström, E. Degerman, M. Elbakidze, E. Yu. Kazakova-Apkarimova, L. Sartz, S. Sädbom, J. Törnblom. 2013. Learning about the history of landscape use for the future: consequences for ecological and social systems in Swedish Bergslagen. AMBIO 42(2): 150–163. Naumov, V., Manton, M., Elbakidze, M., Rendenieks, Z., Priedniek, J., Uglyanets, S., Yamelynets, T., Zhivotov, A., Angelstam, P. 2018. How to reconcile wood production and biodiversity conservation? The Pan-European boreal forest history gradient as an “experiment”. Journal of Environmental Management 218:1-13.
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
By establishing the Bergslagen region in Sweden as a LTSER platform the ambition is to fill the gap between local and regional governance levels by focusing on providing land owners, stakeholders and municipalities, who are responsible for local comprehensive planning processes, with transparent information and integrated assessment about state and trends of different sustainability criteria. The area of the Bergslagen LTSER platform includes several local LTER sites, which constitute natural science research sites in areas within various land cover and land-use.
The development of a stakeholder partnership towards sustainablity in the Begslagen region (i..e., the NGO Sustainable Bergslagen) began in 1999, and long-term socio-ecological research emerged in 2004. When LTSER-Sweden was established in 2010 Sustainable Bergslagen and associated researchers applied to join the LTSER platform network. Read more: Angelstam, P., Törnblom, J. 2004. Maintaining forest biodiversity in actual landscapes – European gradients in history and governance systems as a “landscape lab”. In: Marchetti, M. (ed). Monitoring and indicators of forest biodiversity in Europe – from ideas to operationality. EFI symposium No. 51. pp. 299-313. Axelsson, R., Angelstam, P., Myhrman, L., Sädbom, S., Ivarsson, M., Elbakidze, M., Andersson, K., Cupa, P., Diry, C., Doyon, F., Drotz, M.K., Hjorth, A., Hermansson, J.O., Kullberg, T., Lickers, F.H., McTaggart, J., Olsson, A., Pautov, Yu., Svensson, L., Törnblom, J. 2013. Evaluation of multi-level social learning for sustainable landscapes: perspective of a development initiative in Bergslagen, Sweden. AMBIO 42(2): 241-253.
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