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Forest Policy and the Environment: Changing Paradigms


  • W. L. Adamowicz
  • Terrence S. Veeman


Environmental concerns now play a significant role in the formation of forest policy. In this paper, two approaches to environmental aspects of forestry policy are discussed - a social science approach that attempts to maximize net social benefits by including environmental concerns in the economic calculus, and a more biocentric approach that is based on the "natural disturbance paradigm". The potential strengths and weaknesses of each approach to forest management policy are examined. The conclusion is that a combination of these approaches is required if we are to successfully integrate economic development of forestlands with environmental concerns.

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  • W. L. Adamowicz & Terrence S. Veeman, 1998. "Forest Policy and the Environment: Changing Paradigms," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 24(s2), pages 51-61, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:24:y:1998:i:s2:p:51-61

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    1. Dosman, Donna & Haener, Michel K. & Adamowicz, Wiktor L. & Marois, Juanita & Boxall, Peter C., 2002. "Assessing Impacts Of Environmental Change On Aboriginal People: An Economic Examination Of Subsistence Resource Use And Value," Project Report Series 24034, University of Alberta, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology.

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