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Can native tree species plantations in Panama compete with Teak plantations? An economic estimation

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Griess, V. & Knoke, T. 2010, "Can native tree species plantations in Panama compete with Teak plantations? An economic estimation", New Forests, , pp. 1-27.

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Institute of Forest Management, Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan, Technische Universität München, Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2, 85354 Freising, Germany


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Species Info

Tectona grandis (exotic)
Hieronyma alchorneoides
Swietenia macrophylla
Terminalia amazonia


  • In panama, the majority of plantations are planted with Tectona grandis or teak.
  • Meanwhile, native species have many advantages such as their adaptations to site conditions, tolerance of natural risks, and often comparable growth rates.
  • This research evaluates thy hypothesis that native species plantations cannot equal teak plantations in their profitability.
  • In the Chiriqui provence of Panama, the authors looked at single-species plantations established between 1995 and 1999 composed of the species Tectona grandis, Swietenia macrophylla, Terminalia amazonia, and Hieronyma alchorneoides.
  • The plantations were thinned in 2005. In the evaluation of projected net present values (assuming thinnings at 8 and 10 years and harvesting at 25 years), the authors found that T. amazonia and S. macrophylla were more profitable than T. grandis, with H. alchorneoides being only slightly less profitable than T. grandis.
  • The authors assert that this study helps reconcile the economic legitimacy and the ecological benefits of native species plantations.

Geographical Region

  • Southern Central America
  • Country

  • Panama
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