Sustainable Bergslagen for regional development
The informal region Bergslagen in south-central Sweden has a more than 2000-year long history of integrated use of ore, forests and water.
The legacies of the past landscape use involve several challenges that require cross-sectoral planning for sustainable rural development and ecosystem restoration.
Landscape is about coupled human and nature systems.
Collaboration, participation,and learning among stakeholders from civil, private and public sectors, academia and schools, are needed for sustainable use and management of natural resources and landscape values.
To understand sustainability requires data, analyses and visualisation. There is thus a need for continuous knowledge production about material and immaterial landscape values relevant for the management of ecological, economic, social and cultural dimensions.
To contribute to satisfying these needs the Sustainable Bergslagen initiative emerged.
By joining the international networks for Model Forest and Long Term Socio-Economic and Ecological Research stakeholders can learn from other regions’ sustainable development processes, and make Bergslagen more visible internationally.