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Mathematical formulation and exact solution for landing location problem in tropical forest selective logging, a case study in Southeast Cameroon

Julien Philippart, , Minghe Sun, , Jean-Louis Doucet, , Philippe Lejeune, , p.lejeune@ulg.ac.be
 
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Julien Philippart, Minghe Sun, Jean-Louis Doucet and Philippe Lejeune (2012), "Mathematical formulation and exact solution for landing location problem in tropical forest selective logging, a case study in Southeast Cameroon", Journal of Forest Economics: Vol. 18: No. 2, pp 113-122. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2011.11.002

Published: 0/4/2012
© 0 2012 Julien Philippart, Minghe Sun, Jean-Louis Doucet, Philippe Lejeune
 
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JEL Codes:C61C02
Landing locationUncapacitated facility locationCentral AfricaRoad planning
 

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In this article:
Introduction
Formulation of the binary integer programming model
A case study
Results
Discussion
Conclusions

Abstract

In Central Africa, creating forest roads and skid trails is one of the most costly and environmentally damaging operations for the forest's ecosystem. An optimized road network is essential for reducing construction costs and improving the sustainable management of timber resources. The location of landings is vital in the development of a future forest road network. In this study, a binary integer programming model similar to the uncapacitated facility location problem is formulated to optimize the locations of the landings. The model is applied to selective logging in Central Africa and tested on an annual logging zone in Southeast Cameroon. The results are compared to that of manual road planning, the currently used method.

DOI:10.1016/j.jfe.2011.11.002