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Influence of carbon dioxide abatement and recreational services on optimal forest rotation


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  • Alejandro Caparros
  • Pablo Campos
  • David Martin


This paper presents and applies a theoretical framework to integrate the influence of carbon dioxide abatement as well as recreational services on the optimal bio-economic determination of forest rotation. Recreational services are included in the standard way proposed by Hartman, but carbon fixation benefits are introduced in a different manner to previous studies, concentrating on total permanent carbon fixation produced by the forest. This framework is then applied to a case study in Spain, with a long-rotation indigenous species and in an area with important additional benefits. In the application, the ancillary benefit studied is recreation, but the framework could also be applied to include biodiversity values within the benefits of a given forest alternative. Data are obtained for Scots Pine in the Sierra de Guadarrama (Spain). A timber yield function specifically developed for the area is used. Carbon fixation is estimated for the whole biomass produced, taking into account carbon stored in deposits before being released. Recreational values associated with different age stands are determined by means of a contingent valuation study and photographs representing different age stands rated by visitors.

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Article provided by Inderscience Enterprises Ltd in its journal Int. J. of Sustainable Development.

Volume (Year): 6 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 345-358

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Handle: RePEc:ids:ijsusd:v:6:y:2003:i:3:p:345-358

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Keywords: carbon sequestration; optimal rotation; recreational services; timber; forest rotation; Spain; sustainable development.;


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  1. Alejandro Caparrós & Emilio Cerdá & Paola Ovando & Pablo Campos, 2010. "Carbon Sequestration with Reforestations and Biodiversity-scenic Values," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 45(1), pages 49-72, January.
  2. Cerdá, Emilio & Martín-Barroso, David, 2013. "Optimal control for forest management and conservation analysis in dehesa ecosystems," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 227(3), pages 515-526.
  3. Campos, Pablo & Caparros, Alejandro, 2006. "Social and private total Hicksian incomes of multiple use forests in Spain," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 57(4), pages 545-557, June.
  4. Pajot, Guillaume, 2011. "Rewarding carbon sequestration in South-Western French forests: A costly operation?," Journal of Forest Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 17(4), pages 363-377.
  5. Goetz, Renan Ulrich & Hritonenko, Natali & Mur, Ruben & Xabadia, Àngels & Yatsenko, Yuri, 2013. "Forest management for timber and carbon sequestration in the presence of climate change: The case of Pinus Sylvestris," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 88(C), pages 86-96.


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