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Planning on a wider scale: Swedish forest owners' preferences for landscape policy attributes
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics (CERE). Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Statistics. Department of Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, Umeå, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6540-743x
2019 (English)In: Forest Policy and Economics, ISSN 1389-9341, E-ISSN 1872-7050, Vol. 104, p. 170-181Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A tax-fund system has been proposed to advance Swedish forest conservation. We present a choice experiment with Swedish private forest owners on preferences for attributes of a tax-fund system. Focusing on three aspects: (i) freedom to choose set-asides, (ii) equity issues, and (iii) frequency of nature inventories, we find two groups of forest owners. The first is opposed to interventions that could curtail liberty and oppose frequent nature inventories, while a smaller group would derive positive utility from jointly deciding on the location of set-asides with society. Both groups have a preference for changing the current tax-base to soil productivity or timber volume. The tax-base chosen together with the modalities of re-distributing the funds will determine the program's efficiency. The paper concludes that a tax-fund system could indeed be a way forward but would need to be designed in a participatory manner to reconcile forest owners, forest industry representatives, and conservationists.

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Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 104, p. 170-181
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Choice experiments, Biodiversity, Boreal forest, Landscape planning, Sweden
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Forest Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-159584DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2019.04.013ISI: 000467538700016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-159584DiVA, id: diva2:1326400
Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-06-18 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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