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Providing Preference-Based Support for Forest Ecosystem Service Management in Poland

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  • Mikołaj Czajkowski

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    (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw)

  • Anna Bartczak

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    (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw)

  • Marek Giergiczny

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    (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw)

  • Stale Navrud

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    (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

  • Tomasz Żylicz

    ()
    (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw)

Abstract

The paper looks at people’s preferences for the changes in selected ecosystem services resulting from new management strategies of forest areas in Poland. It applies a generalized multinomial logit (G-MNL) model to interpret the results of a discrete choice experiment (DCE) study administered to a representative sample of 1001 Poles. The questionnaire included three physical attributes, namely: protecting the most ecologically valuable forest ecosystems, reducing litter in forests, and improving recreation infrastructure. The selection of these attributes was motivated by extensive qualitative research of what indicators of biodiversity, nature protection and recreation possibilities people are the most sensitive to. The fourth attribute was monetary – additional cost of the new programs which would have to be financed out of increased taxes. The results allowed for a robust estimation of implicit prices of the choice attributes and calculating welfare measures of specific forest management scenarios. In addition, the study revealed interesting connections between respondents’ current forest recreation patterns and the importance they place on different attributes of forests. The results make it possible to utilize respondents’ preference heterogeneity, to a large extent determined by their current recreational use patterns, in designing future forest management strategies.

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Paper provided by Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw in its series Working Papers with number 2013-05.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:war:wpaper:2013-05

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Keywords: biodiversity; forest recreation; discrete choice modeling; generalized multinomial logit model;

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