European Journal of Forest Research

, Volume 134, Issue 4, pp 585–598 | Cite as

Understanding forest owners’ preferences for policy interventions addressing mushroom picking in Catalonia (north-east Spain)

  • Elena Górriz-Mifsud
  • Glòria Domínguez-Torres
  • Irina Prokofieva
Original Paper

Abstract

The present study investigates private forest owners’ perceptions of mushroom picking in Catalonia and develops a model of preferred policy intervention (introducing a regulation, a payment or keeping the status quo). The results allow the modelling of forest owners’ preferences regarding policy interventions based on two factors: their perception of property rights over mushrooms and their perception of related nuisances. Owners perceiving a low degree of harm and expressing a preference for free access rights for mushroom picking would maintain the current situation. Owners suffering from actual harm or threatened by potential harm call for regulation on mushroom harvesting. Payment is advocated by those who already experienced harm and consider mushrooms to be private goods, hence legitimating benefit gain from mushroom picking on their properties. Actual implementation of picking limitations or payments largely depends on perceived constraints, especially the fear of revenge and control costs. Interviewees considered that interventions led by the government could potentially overcome such constraints. Regarding design features of potential intervention, most forest owners advocated a more favourable treatment of local pickers, although almost no difference was found in the treatment of commercial and recreational harvesters.

Keywords

Qualitative research Private forest owners Payments for mushroom picking Regulations Property rights Non-wood forest products 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Górriz-Mifsud
    • 1
    • 2
  • Glòria Domínguez-Torres
    • 3
  • Irina Prokofieva
    • 1
  1. 1.Forest Economics DepartmentForest Sciences Center of Catalonia (CTFC)BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.European Forest Institute - Mediterranean Regional Office (EFIMED)BarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Universitat de LleidaLleidaSpain

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