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Is Forest Landscape Restoration Socially Desirable? A Discrete Choice Experiment Applied to the Scandinavian Transboundary Fulufjället National Park Area

Sviataslau Valasiuk (), Mikolaj Czajkowski (), Marek Giergiczny, Tomasz Zylicz, Knut Veisten (), Askill Halse, Iratxe Landa Mata (), Marine Elbakidze () and Per Angelstam ()
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Sviataslau Valasiuk: Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw
Knut Veisten: Institute of Transport Economics, Oslo
Iratxe Landa Mata: Institute of Transport Economics, Oslo
Marine Elbakidze: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; Forest-Landscape-Society Network
Per Angelstam: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; Forest-Landscape-Society Network

No 2017-10, Working Papers from Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw

Abstract: Landscape restoration can improve functionality of land cover patches as green infrastructure, which is essential to ensure the provision of a diverse range of ecosystem services. However, so far designation of protected areas in Fennoscandia has focused primarily on remnant patches of naturally dynamic forests, and not on landscape level restoration. We applied stated preference methodology to assess citizens’ preferences for forest landscape restoration in a cross-border region primarily managed for the industrial forestry, and – at the same time – hosting the transboundary Fulufjället National Park, shared between Sweden and Norway. There is scope for improving green infrastructure functionality by landscape restoration in adjacent forest areas, and including them into the National Park, which aims at gradual restoration of natural processes. In both countries, 54% and 55% choices made, respectively, indicated willingness to pay for extending the National Park by some area of forest landscape restoration.

Keywords: stated preference valuation; passive protection; transboundary nature protected areas; naturally dynamics boreal forests; willingness-to-pay (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q23 Q28 Q51 Q57 Q58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2017
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