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Optimal location of new forests in a suburban region

Ellen Moons, , Bert Saveyn, , Bert.Saveyn@ec.europa.eu Stef Proost, , Martin Hermy, ,
 
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Ellen Moons, Bert Saveyn, Stef Proost and Martin Hermy (2008), "Optimal location of new forests in a suburban region", Journal of Forest Economics: Vol. 14: No. 1, pp 5-27. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2006.12.002

Published: 14 Jan 2008
© 0 2008 Ellen Moons, Bert Saveyn, Stef Proost, Martin Hermy
 
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JEL Codes:Q230
Benefit transferCost–benefit analysisForest recreationGeographical information system (GIS)Travel cost analysis
 

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In this article:
Introduction
Methodology
Data
The recreational value of the base site and new forest sites
Results and discussion
Conclusions

Abstract

This paper looks at the optimal location of new forests in a suburban region under area constraints. The methodology takes into account use benefits, non-use benefits (both bequest and existence values), opportunity costs of converting agricultural land, as well as planting and management costs of the new forest. The recreational benefits of new forest sites are estimated using function transfer techniques. We show that the net social benefit of the total afforestation project varies up to a factor 6. The recreational value of a site varies considerably with the available substitutes.

DOI:10.1016/j.jfe.2006.12.002