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The Management Model For Galician Forest And Its Impact On 2006 Wildfire Crisis

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  • Balsa Barreiro, José

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Most of surface of Galicia consists of forest land, making it one of the most important forestal areas in Europe. Even so, Galicia´s forests have over average expectations regarding their sustainability. But there are some current problems inherited by a management model which has some serious deficiencies. The majority of the authors agree on the fact that the basic problem derives from the forest sector becoming an economic sector due to the failure of a traditional agricultural model rather than the result of a planned strategy. The multiply repeating forest wildfires demonstrate that the management model is not appropriate. The defective mechanisms regarding prediction, prevention and/or extinction are the key to the extreme impact of the forest wildfire crisis which occur every once in a while. This article relates the last big forest wildfire crisis which occurred in Galicia in 2006 to the management model for woodland which was responsible for the wildfire and which helps to understand better the true dimensions of the tragedy.

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  • Balsa Barreiro, José, 2012. "The Management Model For Galician Forest And Its Impact On 2006 Wildfire Crisis," Revista Galega de Economía, University of Santiago de Compostela. Faculty of Economics and Business., vol. 21(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:sdo:regaec:v:21:y:2012:i:2_1
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