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The impacts of a wildfire on hunting demand: a case study of a Mediterranean ecosystem

Konstantinos G Papaspyropoulos (1)   , Christos K Sokos (2), Periklis K Birtsas (3)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 95-100 (2015)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0799-007
Published: May 12, 2014 - Copyright © 2015 SISEF

Research Articles

The present study attempted to estimate the socioeconomic impacts on hunting demand caused by a 2006 wildfire on a typical Mediterranean ecosystem in Greece (Kassandra peninsula). A questionnaire administered to a sample of local hunters was used to test the hypothesis that the wildfire and the consequent hunting ban, which was used by the Greek Forest Service as a measure for wildlife protection, posed a significant impact on the demand of hunters for hunting licenses and hunting trips. Using questionnaires as a source of information it was assessed what these impacts meant for the economy, either on local, or national scale, by estimating the income elasticity of demand for hunting licenses in the area of Kassandra and the expenses for hunting excursions before and after wildfire. It was observed that hunters attempted to preserve their activity despite the excessive hunting restrictions. Implications for hunting management and policy decision making were examined.


Elasticity of Demand, Hunters, Hunting Management, Wildfires, Greece

Authors’ address

Konstantinos G Papaspyropoulos
Laboratory of Forest Economics, Faculty of Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR-54124 Thessaloniki (Greece)
Christos K Sokos
Research Division, Hunting Federation of Macedonia and Thrace, Ethnikis Antistaseos 173-175, GR-55134 Thessaloniki (Greece)
Periklis K Birtsas
Laboratory of Wildlife, Department of Forestry and Management of Natural Environment, Technological Educational Institute of Thessaly, Mavromichali str., GR-43100 Karditsa (Greece)

Corresponding author

Konstantinos G Papaspyropoulos


Papaspyropoulos KG, Sokos CK, Birtsas PK (2015). The impacts of a wildfire on hunting demand: a case study of a Mediterranean ecosystem. iForest 8: 95-100. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0799-007

Academic Editor

Francesco Ripullone

Paper history

Received: Sep 25, 2012
Accepted: Oct 28, 2013

First online: May 12, 2014
Publication Date: Feb 02, 2015
Publication Time: 6.53 months

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