Policies for forest landscape management – A conceptual approach with an empirical application for Swedish conditions

Zabel von Felten, Astrid Mirjam; Bostedt, Göran; Ekvall, Hans (2018). Policies for forest landscape management – A conceptual approach with an empirical application for Swedish conditions Forest Policy and Economics, 86, pp. 13-21. Elsevier 10.1016/j.forpol.2017.10.008

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Habitat loss and habitat fragmentation are major factors leading to forest biodiversity decline. This paper discusses landscape planning as strategy to improve connectivity in a landscape with a heterogeneous distribution of ecologically valuable areas across land owners. A tax-fund system is proposed, that following the principle of common but differentiated responsibility, tries to spread the burden of conservation equally across land owners while optimizing the environmental outcome. Design options of such a tax-fund system are discussed along the lines of a simple theoretical model. Financial effects of a tax-fund system are computed for a small model landscape set in Sweden. Two design questions stand out as particularly important. The first is whether the policy is intended to be self-sustained among the land owners or if the budget can be supplemented by general tax money. The second is whether the land owners or the relevant authority select the stands for conservation set-aside.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > Multifunctional forest management

Name:

Zabel von Felten, Astrid Mirjam;
Bostedt, Göran and
Ekvall, Hans

Subjects:

G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
S Agriculture > SD Forestry

ISSN:

13899341

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

David Zimmer

Date Deposited:

03 Sep 2019 09:11

Last Modified:

23 Sep 2020 09:40

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.forpol.2017.10.008

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Forest landscape; Forest conservation policy; Habitat fragmentation; Natura2000; Tax-fund; Sweden

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.8107

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/8107

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