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Determinants of forest owners attitudes towards wood ash recycling in Sweden - Can the nutrient cycle be closed?


  • Benjamin Ouvrard

    (BETA - Bureau d'Économie Théorique et Appliquée - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - UNISTRA - Université de Strasbourg - UL - Université de Lorraine - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Jens Abildtrup

    () (LEF - Laboratoire d'Economie Forestière - AgroParisTech - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique)

  • Goran Bostedt

    (Ctr Environm & Resource Econ CERE - SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

  • Anne Stenger



The use of biomass, in particular wood, has increased this last decade as a result of the European Union's objectives to reduce the use of fossil energies. This has amplified the use of whole-tree harvesting and the exploitation of forest residues from traditional timber harvest. However, these practices have some ecological consequences because they remove nutrients from the forest, thus potentially reducing soil fertility. To compensate for this nutrient loss, it has been proposed to recycle wood ash to reintroduce the exported nutrients. In this paper, we assess private forest owners' willingness to pay to spread ash in Västmanland, Sweden, where ash recycling is not widely adopted, though an increasing supply of wood ash. In particular, we take into account behavioural motives that may explain forest owners' willingness to pay (Theory of Planned Behaviour and environmental sensitivity). We conclude that Swedish forest owners generally have a positive willingness-to-pay for wood ash application in their forests, but that this measure is highly dependent on their attitudes. We also show that a forest owner's decision to apply ash to all or a portion of his/her forest is explained by two different characteristics: the landowner's environmental sensitivity and his/her perceived control of wood ash recycling.

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  • Benjamin Ouvrard & Jens Abildtrup & Goran Bostedt & Anne Stenger, 2019. "Determinants of forest owners attitudes towards wood ash recycling in Sweden - Can the nutrient cycle be closed?," Post-Print hal-02315017, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-02315017
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.04.005
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    Wood ash recycling; Choice experiment; Environmental sensitivity; Theory of Planned Behaviour;

    JEL classification:

    • C24 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models; Threshold Regression Models
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics


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