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Site selection for an umbrella species

white-backed wood pecker : when costs and habitat quality are uncertain

Gren, Ing-Marie and Baxter, Peter and Mikusinski, Grzegorz (2010). Site selection for an umbrella species. Technical Report. Uppsala: (NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Working paper series / Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics ; 2010:6
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This paper develops a stochastic dynamic model for the purpose of optimal site selection of habitats for an umbrella species in Sweden under conditions of uncertainty in the growth of habitat quality of established conservation areas and in acquisition costs. The numerical dynamic model builds on inputs from an ecological model of habitat development and an economic model of actual payments for biodiversity conservation in Swedish forests. The results point at the importance of including both types of uncertainties; total social costs for achieving given habitat targets under probabilistic constraints increase three fold as compared with the deterministic case. Another effect of the introduction of uncertainty is the earlier establishment of habitats due to need of extra establishments in order to achieve the target with a certain probability. When comparing optimal payment per ha conservation with actual payments it was noticed that there is a considerable difference among counties; while actual payments for some counties are quite close to optimal payments under any of the uncertainty conditions they can deviate largely for some other counties.

Authors/Creators:Gren, Ing-Marie and Baxter, Peter and Mikusinski, Grzegorz
Title:Site selection for an umbrella species
Subtitle:white-backed wood pecker : when costs and habitat quality are uncertain
Series/Journal:Working paper series / Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics (1401-4068)
Year of publishing :20 December 2010
Number:2010:6
Number of Pages:37
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:Institutionen för ekonomi, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
ISSN:1401-4068
Language:English
Publication Type:Report
Refereed:No
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Area economics
Keywords:optimal habitat selection, uncertainty, numerical stochastic dynamic model of Sweden
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-8-1052
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-8-1052
ID Code:5886
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Deposited By: Ing-Marie Gren
Deposited On:24 Mar 2011 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:45

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