Extent of illegal fuel wood consumption from turkish state forests: economic and welfare effects
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CitationTürker, M.F., Yazıcı, K., Öztürk, A., Pak M. (2002).Extent of illegal fuel wood consumption from turkish state forests: economic and welfare effects.
People living in and around the state owned forests of Turkey have traditionally and illegally been using wood as fuel wood owing to social, economic and cultural prob lems in Turkey. The forestry sector has little share in gross national product due mainly to the fact that the raw material İs used as fuel wood İnstead of being used in industrial fields. The dilemma İs the identification of the fuel wood consumption as well as the control of the balance between the use of fuel wood and the industri al wood with respect to the socio-economic conditions. The main objective of this study is to analyse the economic loss and indirectly wel fare gain related to illegal wood raw material consumption as fuel wood from the Maçka State Forests. In order to carry out the study, questionnaire and office stud ies along with forestry economic methods such as stumpage price and cutting value of growing stock were used. The results of the study indicated that, total official fu el wood and industrial wood production of Maçka State Forest Enterprise (Maçka SFE) İn 1998 could only reach an amount of 9.5 % of total illegal fuel wood con sumption in forest in Maçka SFE. The economic loss caused by this illegal fuel wood consumption totalled 52 billion TL ($ 208 199).