WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT: THE ECONOMIC TRADEOFF BETWEEN EX-ANTE FIRE PREVENTION COSTS AND EX-POST SOCIAL COSTS

Saturday 2 July 2011, 13:45 - 16:00

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Session: Forest resources III
Chaired By: Dambala Gelo Kutela, University of Pretoria
When & Where: Saturday 2 July 2011, 13:45 - 16:00, Room P10
Presented By: Shay Levy, University of Haifa
Co-Author(s): Dafna DiSegni, University of Haifa, Mordechai Shechter, Interdiciplineary center Herzliya and Gidi Ne'eman,
Discussant(s): Elena Ojea, Basque centre for Climate Change (BC3)

Optimal management of wildfire events should balance between ex-ante costs of fire prevention activities and ex-post social costs of wildfire events, including suppression costs, loss of human life, and loss of natural resources and environmental values. The present paper outlines a simple model explaining the economic rational underlying the tradeoff between these two factors, and empirically estimated the significance impact of key variables on the optimal equilibrium and tradeoff. Israel's detailed data base on wildfire events for a period of 11 years over a range of climatic gradients enabled us to carry a representative case study for fire management in the Mediterranean region.

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