Int. J. of Sustainable Society   »   2008 Vol.1, No.2

 

 

Title: Economic implications of different cork oak forest management systems

 

Author: Antonio Cipriano Pinheiro, Nuno Almeida Ribeiro, Peter Surovy, Alfredo Goncalves Ferreira

 

Addresses:
Departamento de Economia, Universidade de Evora, Largo dos Colegiais, 2, Evora 7000-803, Portugal.
Departamento de Fitotecnia, Universidade de Evora, Largo dos Colegiais, 2, Evora 7000-803, Portugal.
Departamento de Fitotecnia, Universidade de Evora, Largo dos Colegiais, 2, Evora 7000-803, Portugal.
Departamento de Engenharia, Universidade de Evora, Largo dos Colegiais, 2, Evora 7000-803, Portugal

 

Abstract: The agro-silvopastoral system 'montado' is mostly dominated by Mediterranean evergreen oaks such as, cork oak (Quercus suber L.) and holm oak (Quercus rotundifolia). The 'montado' production system management aims the maintenance of a balanced sustainable land use to cope with the Mediterranean climate variability. One important issue in cork oak forests is the control shrub growth in order to prevent forest fire hazard, which is of high risk in Mediterranean climate. In this article, two shrub control systems are compared and the results show that although soil disking is more profitable than shrub cutting, the results are reversed, if one considers the carbon sequestration. This means that besides the great economic sustainability of cork oak dependence on the price of cork, the profitability of different shrub control methods depend also on the way society valuates other goods and services provided by cork oak forest.

 

Keywords: cork oak forests; dehesa; forest management; montado; net present value; NPV; sustainability; woodlands; sustainable development; Mediterranean climate; shrub control; agro-silvopastoral systems; soil disking; shrub cutting; carbon sequestration; economic impact.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2008.022571

 

Int. J. of Sustainable Society, 2008 Vol.1, No.2, pp.149 - 157

 

Available online: 15 Jan 2009

 

 

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