Balancing Ecology and Economy in Forestry: A Theoretical Investigation

Rovenskaya E, Brannstrom A, Franklin O, & Dieckmann U (2012). Balancing Ecology and Economy in Forestry: A Theoretical Investigation. In: Worlds Within Reach: From Science To Policy - IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference, 24-26 October 2012, Hofburg Congress Center, Vienna and IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.

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Abstract

While forests have traditionally been managed for wood production, there are good reasons to account also for other objectives, such as biodiversity conservation and other ecological values. In contrast to clear-cut based .normal. forestry, uneven-aged forest management can preserve a more natural structure and associated ecological values. However, due to the complex interactions among trees in such forests, optimal management modeling quickly becomes analytically intractable, and numerical investigations can prove an insuperable obstacle. A promising recent development to overcome this impasse is the perfect plasticity approximation (PPA, see below), which has opened a new avenue of ecologically realistic and analytically tractable forest models. Here we use a PPA based model to investigate the potential for combining economic and ecological values under uneven-aged forest management.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference
Research Programs: Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA)
Evolution and Ecology (EEP)
Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:47
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2016 09:58
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/10107

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