Multifunctionality of mountain forests and economic evaluation
Type of Publication:
Reviewed Journal Article
Forest Policy and Economics, 2002, V4, N2, pp 101-112
Mountain forests provide many functions, producing useful services to the man-in order to make decisions concerning their management it is necessary to evaluate them properly, taking into account expectations from individuals and society. To this purpose, different methods can be used, some of which are based on economic-monetary evaluations; by contrast, others allow choices to be made according to a set of priorities, using suitable indicators. Decisions concerning the management of forests may imply trade-offs between their different functions. They can also make some individuals better off and some worse off. Therefore, methods and techniques taking into account these different aspects are needed. Evaluating multifunctionality therefore represents a challenge involving manifold aspects, economical, technical, social and efficient methods should be chosen, which may be easily used.
Multifunctionality; Mountain forests; Economic assessment; Economic quality