Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 75–91 | Cite as

Harvest Decisions and Spatial Landscape Attributes: The Case of Galician Communal Forests

  • Julia TouzaEmail author
  • Charles Perrings
  • María Luisa Chas Amil


In recent years, forest management has moved towards a landscape approach reflecting a mix of social, environmental and economic values. In this paper, we evaluate the effect on harvesting decisions of the spatial attributes of communal forests in Galicia. We first model the forest landscape management problem within a bioeconomic framework, which allows the identification of optimal clear-cutting strategies. This framework makes it possible to model a Faustmann-type rotation at the landscape level. The empirical analysis uses data from communal forests in Galicia, Spain. Under communal ownership, members of a rural community have rights to forest resources, but not rights to the forest itself. The management of communal forests integrates multiple forest uses within the decision making process. Given the communal nature of forest rights, and given these multiple uses, we show that landscape patterns—fragmentation, diversity and clumpiness—determine rotation periods.


Bioeconomic model Faustmann–Hartman Non-timber benefits Multiple-stand forest Harvesting decisions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julia Touza
    • 1
    Email author
  • Charles Perrings
    • 2
  • María Luisa Chas Amil
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Applied EconomicsUniversity of VigoVigoSpain
  2. 2.ecoSERVICES Group, School of Life SciencesArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  3. 3.Department of Quantitative EconomicsUniversity of Santiago de CompostelaSantiago de CompostelaSpain

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