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Planning on a wider scale – Swedish forest owners’ preferences for landscape policy attributes

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  • Bostedt, Göran

    () (CERE - the Center for Environmental and Resource Economics)

  • Zabel, Astrid

    (School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, Bern University of Applied Sciences)

  • Ekvall, Hans

    (Department of Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

Abstract

A tax-fund system has been proposed to advance Swedish forest conservation. We present a choice experiment with Swedish private forest owners on preferences for attributes of a tax-fund system. Focusing on three aspects: (i) freedom to choose set-asides, (ii) equity issues, and (iii) frequency of nature inventories, we find two groups of forest owners. The first is opposed to interventions that could curtail liberty and oppose frequent nature inventories, while a smaller group would derive positive utility from joint decision-making. A tax-fund system would need to be designed in a participatory manner to reconcile forest owners, forest industry, and conservationists.

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  • Bostedt, Göran & Zabel, Astrid & Ekvall, Hans, 2019. "Planning on a wider scale – Swedish forest owners’ preferences for landscape policy attributes," CERE Working Papers 2019:1, CERE - the Center for Environmental and Resource Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:slucer:2019_001
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    Keywords

    Choice experiments; biodiversity; boreal forest; landscape planning; Sweden;

    JEL classification:

    • Q23 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Forestry
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy
    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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