Bergslagen (LTSER platform) - Sweden

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Bergslagen (LTSER platform)

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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. Elbakidze M, Dawson L, Andersson K, Axelsson R, Angelstam P, Stjernquist I, Teitelbaum S, Schlyter P, Thellbro C. 2015. Is spatial planning a collaborative learning process? A case study from a rural–urban gradient in Sweden. Land Use Policy 48: 270-285.

General Characteristics, Purpose, History

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4 388 200.00ha

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Establishing the Bergslagen region in Sweden as a LTSER site 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.

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  • Forestry is the main land use in Bergslagen (Photo by Mikael Angelstam)
  • Wildlife viewing and ecotourism are emerging new types of forest use (Photo by Mikael Angelstam)
  • Lakes and streams and their catchments is a good avenue for integration of sectors (Photo by Mikael Angelstam)
  • Stakeholder engagement is a key feature of an LTSER platform (Photo by PerAngelstam)
  • The location of the informal Bergslagen region has many definitions


Latitude: 60.000000000000
Longitude: 14.000000000000