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Fuelwood consumption, restrictions about resource availability and public policies: impacts on the French forest sector

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  • Sylvain Caurla

    () (Laboratoire d'Economie Forestière, INRA - AgroParisTech)

  • Philippe Delacote

    () (Laboratoire d'Economie Forestière, INRA - AgroParisTech)

  • Franck Lecocq

    () (Laboratoire d'Economie Forestière, INRA - AgroParisTech)

  • Ahmed Barkaoui

    () (Laboratoire d'Economie Forestière, INRA - AgroParisTech)

Abstract

In the context of climate change and of increasing energy prices, the share of fuelwood in primary energy consumption may increase, especially in countries with large forest endowments. However, larger fuelwood consumption may have non-negligible impacts on forest sectors. This paper assesses those impacts for France using a new model of the French forest sector, and comparing four different policy options to boost fuelwood demand. First, supply- and demand-side policies yield very different outcomes, with a trade-off between trade balance and harvest intensity. Second, even a modest increase in fuelwood consumption leads to tensions over forest stock over time under pessimistic views about resource availability.

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  • Sylvain Caurla & Philippe Delacote & Franck Lecocq & Ahmed Barkaoui, 2009. "Fuelwood consumption, restrictions about resource availability and public policies: impacts on the French forest sector," Working Papers - Cahiers du LEF 2009-03, Laboratoire d'Economie Forestiere, AgroParisTech-INRA.
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    1. Latta, Gregory S. & Sjølie, Hanne K. & Solberg, Birger, 2013. "A review of recent developments and applications of partial equilibrium models of the forest sector," Journal of Forest Economics, Elsevier, vol. 19(4), pages 350-360.
    2. Lecocq, Franck & Caurla, Sylvain & Delacote, Philippe & Barkaoui, Ahmed & Sauquet, Alexandre, 2011. "Paying for forest carbon or stimulating fuelwood demand? Insights from the French Forest Sector Model," Journal of Forest Economics, Elsevier, vol. 17(2), pages 157-168, April.
    3. Sauquet, Alexandre & Lecocq, Franck & Delacote, Philippe & Caurla, Sylvain & Barkaoui, Ahmed & Garcia, Serge, 2011. "Estimating Armington elasticities for sawnwood and application to the French Forest Sector Model," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 33(4), pages 771-781.

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    Keywords

    forest sector modeling; fuelwood; bioenergy; public incentives.;

    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

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