Fuelwood Consumption, Restrictions about Resource Availability and Public Policies: Impacts on the French Forest Sector

Cahier du LEF 2009-03

24 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2009

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Sylvain Caurla

LEF-ENGREF-INRA

Philippe Delacote

LEF-ENGREF-INRA

Franck Lecocq

World Bank - Development Economics Research Group - PFCplus Research

Ahmed Barkaoui

LEF-ENGREF-INRA

Date Written: September 1, 2009

Abstract

In the context of climate change and of increasing energy prices, the share of fuelwood in primary energy consumption may increase, especially in countries with large forest endowments. However, larger fuelwood consumption may have non-negligible impacts on forest sectors. This paper assesses those impacts for France using a new model of the French forest sector, and comparing four different policy options to boost fuelwood demand. First, supply- and demand-side policies yield very different outcomes, with a trade-off between trade balance and harvest intensity. Second, even a modest increase in fuelwood consumption leads to tensions over forest stock over time under pessimistic views about resource availability.

Keywords: forest sector modeling, fuelwood, bioenergy, public incentives

JEL Classification: Q23, Q28

Suggested Citation

Caurla, Sylvain and Delacote, Philippe and Lecocq, Franck and Barkaoui, Ahmed, Fuelwood Consumption, Restrictions about Resource Availability and Public Policies: Impacts on the French Forest Sector (September 1, 2009). Cahier du LEF 2009-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1465234 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1465234

Sylvain Caurla

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Philippe Delacote (Contact Author)

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Franck Lecocq

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Ahmed Barkaoui

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France

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