• May 05, 2015
Forests are a source of renewable tangible resources and non tangible services. In Catalonia forest structure is the result of a strong anthropic influence, its abandonment and its consequent lack of management. 63% of Catalonian surface is covered by forest, from which 77% is privately owned. This means that the ultimate responsibility of forest management relies in private foresters. Nonetheless, forest management should guarantee the different environmental and social functions that forests provide. Society increasingly consumes these forest functions and simultaneously increases awareness of and demands on the wealth that forest functions generate. Specifically, the weight of non-wood forest products is very important in the Mediterranean environment. Their free harvesting is very common by a large part of society. In this context, natural resources managers may need new incentives that stimulate forest management and hence warrant mushrooms’ conservation. Economic instruments emerge as an interesting option that contributes to the diversification of the finance of such management.

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