Slaget om talldungen
: om informationen och kommunikationens betydelse i utvecklingen av Haväng och Vitemölla strandbackars naturreservat, 2011–2018

Translated title of the thesis: The battle of the pine grove: about the importance of information and communication in the development of Haväng and Vitemölla strandbackar nature reserve, 2011-2018
  • Sebastian Ivarsson

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Although nature conservation is supposed to benefit all of us, the work is rarely trouble-free. My concern for these problems is the starting point for this candidacy. The study intends to investigate how information and communication has influenced the residents' attitude to Sand Life, in connection with the development of Haväng and Vitemölla nature reserve. The case study also examines the conflict that arose in the process. The investigation was made possible in three steps: interviews with the county administrative board and Sand Life staff members; questionnaire and interviews with residents around Vitemölla. The result indicates that the residents as a group initially were negative in their attitude to Sand Life. The attitude seemed to be caused by the experience that the county administrative board and Sand Lifes' original plans for the nature reserve was too extensive and not sufficiently anchored, from a local perspective. It was also found that the information about the project had been inadequate, which could possibly be linked to the initial attitude. Today the results indicate that the residents as a group are neutral to cautiously positive in their attitude to Sand Life. Possibly due to the fact that the measures taken in the nature reserve became appealing; the attitude can perhaps also be linked to the authorities revising the care plan and showing greater openness towards the residents. Proactive information, clear intentions and the willingness to develop different plans and projects in a continuous dialogue with locals, can possibly limit the extent of conflicts.

    Date of Award2018-Apr-30
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorTorgny Ottosson (Supervisor) & Magnus Thelaus (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Landscape Science Programme

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Communication Studies (50802)


    • environmental information
    • environmental communication
    • natural resource conflicts
    • local participation
    • nature reserve
    • county administrative board
    • sand life
    • landscape science

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