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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
|6676||2006||7 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Forest Economics, Volume 12, Issue 1, 14 March 2006, Pages 75–81
Economic studies concerning environmental functions of forests are often partial in the sense that they focus on either benefits or costs. In other words, benefit/cost analyses indicating whether it is economically motivated to change forestry to make it compatible with environmental demands are relatively rare. This benefit/cost analysis deals with the forest as recreation environment, where benefit estimates from a study conducted in the county of Västerbotten, Sweden, are compared with cost estimates from another study in the same county. It is shown that adjustments of forest management to meet recreational demands do largely affect both benefits and costs, and that the results are sensitive to how soon the effects on the recreation environment occur after the adjustments of forest management.
One of the scientific pioneers in Sweden concerning the economics of timber production was Holmertz (1873), while Lindgren (1976) was one of the very first in the country to deal scientifically with the economics of forest environmental concern, primarily by analyzing costs to forestry of setting aside specific recreation areas. The traditional forest economic research in Sweden is thus about 100 years older than the economic research on environmental functions of the forest. This is an important reason why there is still a lot to be done on the scientific knowledge about the latter. Not surprisingly when considering the youth of forest environmental economics, it has to a large extent been characterized by partial analyses of either benefits or costs, each of which with no ambitions to really make a complete benefit/costs-analysis. One interesting exception was the benefit/cost analysis carried out by Bojö (1985). The background to his analysis was the question of whether a forest area close to the mountains in the county of Jämtland in northern Sweden should be set aside as strict nature reserve or whether industrial forestry should be allowed in the area. Using the Travel Cost Method (Clawson and Knetsch, 1966) to estimate benefits and forest data from the area to estimate costs, the results showed that the first mentioned alternative was superior to the latter. This was primarily because of the area's relatively low value to forestry regarding volume of standing timber as well as potential timber production. Like the study by Bojö, most (of the few) scientific and empirically based benefit/cost analyses conducted deal with the problem of choosing between forestry with no environmental concern, or no forestry at all, i.e. strict nature reserve or national park. Consequently, there is a lack of knowledge about the benefit/cost relationship for environmental concern in forestry on the main part of the Swedish forest area, where – according to the current Forestry Act – production of timber is to be combined with protection of environmental values on the same land. In other words, more knowledge is needed about the benefit/cost relationship when forestry is changed (but not prohibited) to meet different environmental demands.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
In Sweden, forestry and forest recreation are activities that can share the same land relatively well (with less conflicts than between forestry and biodiversity concern), which is indicated by results from several studies (e.g. Lindhagen and Hörnsten, 2000). Nevertheless, forestry can be adjusted to increase the value of forests as recreation environment. The results of this benefit/cost analysis for the county of Västerbotten indicate that if the forestry is transformed from what it was during the 1990s to largely consider recreational demands, and if the positive effects on the recreation environment of such a transformation do not take too long time to fully occur (no longer than approximately 30 years), then such a transformation is profitable seen from a welfare economic point of view. The shorter time (than 30 years) it takes, the more profitable the transformation would be – and vice versa. In other words, the results are sensitive to the perspective of time. Another time-dependent aspect is that there is no absolute scientific knowledge, especially in the long run, about the outcome of different silvicultural systems in terms of timber volume and quality. It is fair to say, that the dominating focus of the Swedish research in the field has been on artificial regeneration after clear-cutting and natural regeneration using seed trees, while research on single-tree selection and shelterwood system is more sparse (e.g. Ekelund and Hamilton, 2001). This means that forecasts of timber volume and quality given alternative areal extents of different silvicultural systems – and thus costs in the benefit/cost analysis – are approximations.