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Spatial Valuation of forests’ environmental assets: an application to andalusian silvopastoral farms

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  • Paola Ovando
  • Alejandro Caparros
  • Luis Díaz-Balteiro
  • María Pasalodos
  • Santiago Beguería
  • José L. Oviedo
  • Gregorio Montero
  • Pablo Campos

Abstract

We develop a model that estimates spatially-allocated environmental asset values for the simultaneous provision of seven ecosystem services. We examine the effect of heterogeneous spatial and economic factors on the environmental asset figures, at the same time we identify potential forestry abandonment problems when continuing with forestry activity is unprofitable for the landowner. Our results show a relevant spatial variability that depends on heterogeneous biophysical factors, such as forest species distribution and structure. We examine the likely trade-offs between forestry provisioning services, water and carbon sequestration services. The results also point towards the significant effect of economic assumptions about discount rates and prices on environmental asset values and the prediction of the forestry activity abandonment.

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  • Paola Ovando & Alejandro Caparros & Luis Díaz-Balteiro & María Pasalodos & Santiago Beguería & José L. Oviedo & Gregorio Montero & Pablo Campos, 2015. "Spatial Valuation of forests’ environmental assets: an application to andalusian silvopastoral farms," Working Papers 1505, Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos (IPP), CSIC.
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    1. Brent Sohngen & Robert Mendelsohn, 2003. "An Optimal Control Model of Forest Carbon Sequestration," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 85(2), pages 448-457.
    2. Philip W. Gassman & Manuel R. Reyes & Colleen H. Green & Jeffrey G. Arnold, 2007. "Soil and Water Assessment Tool: Historical Development, Applications, and Future Research Directions, The," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 07-wp443, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
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    1. repec:eee:ecolec:v:139:y:2017:i:c:p:140-149 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Pablo Campos & Alejandro Caparrós & José L. Oviedo & Paola Ovando & Begoña Álvarez-Farizo & Luis Díaz-Balteiro & Juan Carranza & Santiago Beguería & Mario Díaz & A. Casimiro Herruzo & Fernando Martíne, 2017. "Bridging the gap between national and ecosystem accounting," Working Papers 1704, Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos (IPP), CSIC.

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    Keywords

    ecosystem services; natural capital; forest conservation; silvicultural models; Mediterranean forest;

    JEL classification:

    • Q23 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Forestry
    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects
    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics

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