Carbon Sequestration and Timber Production: A Bi-Criteria Optimisation Problem

  • Valeria Ríos
  • Luis Díaz-Balteiro
  • Carlos Romero
Part of the Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems book series (LNE, volume 465)


This paper presents a multi-criteria approach to determine the optimal forest rotation age when timber production as well as carbon uptake are considered. With this purpose a utility function with two criteria (net present value and carbon uptake) is optimised over the corresponding production possibility frontier. The unknown optimum is surrogated by several best-compromise solutions which are interpreted in utility terms. The theoretical framework is applied to a coastal forest in British Columbia.


Forest management compromise programming environmental economics. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valeria Ríos
    • 1
  • Luis Díaz-Balteiro
    • 2
  • Carlos Romero
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Economía y GestiónE.T.S. Ingenieros de MontesMadridSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Economía y Ciencias Sociales AgrariasE.T.S. Ingenieros de MontesMadridSpain

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