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Socioeconomic indicators for a multidimensional farm system typology in a forest management model – methodology and some resultsEL – METHODOLOGY AND SOME RESULTS

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  • António Xavier

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    (University of Algarve, Sciences and Technology Faculty, CEFAGE-UE)

  • Maria de Belém Martins

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    (University of Algarve, Sciences and Technology Faculty, CEFAGE-UE)

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    In the Mediterranean forests there is a diversity of agro-forest farms, with different management objectives and socioeconomic characteristics, which need to be accounted in forest management models. Therefore, the following paper presents a proposal of indicators to characterize socioeconomically the farms located within these forests in order to define typologies. Different information sources were analysed and social and economical key indicators defined. The typology created is based on four key indicators which result in 54 typologies. The indicators were applied to the Forest Intervention Zone (FIZ) Arade-Alte/S. B.Messines, using the official statistics complemented with a survey. Results show that the dominant farm type is the Small Scale-Singular producer- Forest- Family labour farm. The resulting simulations of different profit scenarios using a forest management model for the FIZ revealed the applicability of the methodology proposed to the objective.

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    Paper provided by University of Evora, CEFAGE-UE (Portugal) in its series CEFAGE-UE Working Papers with number 2011_19.

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    Length: 20 pages
    Date of creation: 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:cfe:wpcefa:2011_19

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    Keywords: Socioeconomic indicators; Farms’ typologies; Algarve; Forest management model.;

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    1. Adamowicz, Wiktor & Adamowicz, Wiktor, 2003. "Economic indicators of sustainable forest management: theory versus practice," Journal of Forest Economics, Elsevier, vol. 9(1), pages 27-40.
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