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Optimal location of new forests in a suburban area

  • Ellen Moons


    (K.U.Leuven-Center for Economic Studies)

  • Bert Saveyn


    (K.U.Leuven-Center for Economic Studies)

  • Stef Proost


    (K.U.Leuven-Center for Economic Studies)

  • Martin Hermy


    (K.U.Leuven-Laboratory for Forest, Nature and Landscape Research)

This paper looks for the optimal location of new forests in a suburban area under area constraints. The GIS-based methodology takes into account timber, hunting, carbon sequestration, non-use and recreation benefits and opportunity costs of converting agricultural land, as well as planting and management costs of the new forest. The recreation benefits of new forest sites are estimated using function transfer techniques. We show that the net social benefit of new forest combinations respecting the area constraints may differ up to a factor 21. The substitution effect between forests, both new and existing, turned out to be the dominant factor in the benefit estimation.

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Paper provided by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Economische Studiën, Energy, Transport and Environment in its series Energy, Transport and Environment Working Papers Series with number ete0502.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ete:etewps:ete0502
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