Risk Perception Among Non-industrial Private Forest Owners

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Abstract:

Based on an enquiry, risk perception among non-industrial private forest owners is described in relation to climate change and forestry hazards. Of the respondents, 11% took action to remedy the effects of climate change. Out of a given set, hazards were ranked according to each respondent's experience of recent substantial financial loss to the estate and in relation to his or her willingness to make investments aimed at risk reduction. For each hazard, the respondent assessed the risk in four classes ranging from very high to negligible risk. Six hazards were considered most problematic in all three aspects: browsing damage, falling timber prices, damage by wind, spruce bark beetle, root rot and pine weevil. A majority of the respondents claimed to take action to reduce the risk associated with at least one hazard, while 35% did not know whether they did. Excluding climate change, the need for decision support was the largest in relation to damage by wind owing to a combination of perceived high risk and a high level of ignorance in relation to whether risk-reducing measures were taken.

Keywords: CHANGE; CLIMATE; DECISION; FOREST; HAZARD; MAKING; MANAGEMENT; PERCEPTION; RISK; UNCERTAINTY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/028275802320435487

Publication date: September 1, 2002

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