Integrated Natural Resource Management in Northern Sweden: An Application to Forestry and Reindeer Husbandry

Göran Bostedt, Peter J. Parks and Mattias Boman


Forests in northern Sweden are used for both timber production and reindeer grazing. Negative externalities and open access effects threaten the ability of the region to sustain economic benefits from these uses. A discrete time simulation for three municipalities in northern Sweden suggests that modifying forest harvest practices can enhance profits from reindeer production, with relatively low timber opportunity costs. Such efforts to sustain joint benefits from these boreal environments are more likely to be successful in combination with control of reindeer herd sizes. (JEL Q21, Q23)

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