Highway, Part of Scan Link, Ljungskile, Sweden

Description

In January 1985, the Swedish government presented a plan to expand the road E6 between Uddevalla and Stora Höga to become a highway. This followed after a lobby organization called European Round Table of Industrialists (for more information, see reference 12) presented a vision of a Scandinavian Link that would stretch between Hamburg and Oslo through Denmark and Sweden.

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Basic Data
NameHighway, Part of Scan Link, Ljungskile, Sweden
CountrySweden
ProvinceBohuslän
SiteLjungskile
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Transport infrastructure networks (roads, railways, hydroways, canals and pipelines)
Deforestation
Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)
Specific Commodities
Land
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe highway between Uddevalla and Stora Höga is approximately 40 km, however, the Scandinavian Link is a much larger infrastructure project involving highways, tunnels and bridges in several European countries.

Type of PopulationUnknown
Start Date1984
Relevant government actorsVägverket
International and Financial InstitutionsEuropean Round Table of Industrialists
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersMotlänken (no webpage), Järnvägsfrämjandet, www.jarnvagsframjandet.se, Miljöförbundet Jordens Vänner (Friends of the Earth Sweden), www.jordensvanner.se, Fältbiologerna, www.faltbiologerna.se, Naturskyddsföreningen, www.nsf.se, (These are only a few of the organisations that opposed the project. In total around 100 organizations joined the resistance.)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingLocal ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Land occupation
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Potential: Soil contamination, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Deaths
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCriminalization of activists
Court decision (failure for environmental justice)
Development of AlternativesThe proposal from the mobilizers focused on an effort to improve the rail system instead of expanding highways.
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.Despite massive protests from EJOs, citizens, political parties and other organizations, Scandinavian Link was built. On top of that, over 400 activists were convicted in court for civil disobedience and the town of Ljunskile has a large highway running straight through the community.
Sources and Materials
References

(1) Petersson, Göran. 2004. En miljöhistoria: Trädkramare mot Motorväg – Petrokemi plus bilar hotar skogen.
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(12) Cowles, Maria Green. 1995. Setting the Agenda for a New Europe: The ERT and EC 1992. Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 33, No. 4, pp. 501-526.
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Links

(2) Trädkramarna firade 20-årsjubileum, Flamman, 2008-02-13
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(3) Trädkramarseminarium 20 år senare
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(4) Trädkramarna
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(5) Tillgänglighet för alla – Ett studiematerial, Miljöförbundet Jordens Vänner
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(6) Trädkramare 20-årsjubilerar (Radio program)
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(7) Reporter Cecilia Bergil kommenterar: 'Klart han är nöjd, Gyllenhammar' (Radio program)
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(8) Trädkramarna efter 20 år, Miljömagasinet, No. 6, 2008-02-08
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(9) Järnvägsfrämjandet 30 år
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(10) Hamnarbetaren, Vol. 15. No. 3, 1987
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(11) Hamnarbetaren, Vol. 14. No. 4, 1985
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Last update08/04/2014
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