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Green planning: Vilhelmina as a testbed for innovative land use planning in the mountain region

Research project In January 2016 starts a collaboration between Vilhelmina Municipality, Umeå University and SLU linked to municipal comprehensive planning and the national environmental quality objective "A magnificent mountain landscape".

This is a pilot study of how the Swedish comprehensive planning could be made more knowledge-based, inclusive and anticipatory, through using available monitoring data and through applying collaborative planning methods. Policy tools that are capable of incorporating multi-level and cross-sectorial perspectives in a multifunctional landscape such as the Swedish mountain region are today lacking. The objective is to use Vilhelmina municipality as a testbed to explore how green planning and a landscape approach can be integrated and implemented, while identifying barriers to innovative land use planning in the mountains. In so doing, we will synthesize the knowledge produced by three preceding projects in phase 1 of Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s (SEPA) mountain research program; “Expectations and Impacts of Collaborative Environmental Governance in the Swedish Mountain Region”, “Mining in the Swedish Mountains: Exploring Long Term Sustainability Pathways” and “A Monitoring-Based Decision Support Toolbox for Magnificent Mountain Landscapes”.

Project overview

Project period

2016-01-01 2017-12-31

Research subject

Political science