A Roundwood Production Cost Model for Suriname: Model Description and User Guide







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Project GCP/SUR/001/NET

Forestry Advisory Assistance

to the

Ministry of Natural Resources in Suriname

A Roundwood Production Cost Model For Suriname: Model Description And User Guide


Adrian Whiteman, FAO, Rome,


July 1999


This report is one of a series of reports produced during the course of a two-month assignment (during October and November 1998) as International Consultant (Forest Economics) to the FAO project GCP/SUR/001/NET, funded by the Government of the Netherlands. The International Consultant wishes to acknowledge the help and co-operation given by staff of the State Forest Service (LBB), the Foundation for Forest Management and Production Control (SBB) and others in the forestry sector in Suriname with the completion of this work. In particular, the consultant's counterparts: Mr Matai; Mr Asraf; and Mr Lemen, have provided very valuable support with this work. The conclusions and recommendations presented here are those of the author and do not represent the official policy of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Government of Suriname or the Government of the Netherlands.


The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this document do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

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production cost calculation methodology

Production cost accounting framework

Calculation of roundwood production cost

Sensitivity analysis

calculation of roundwood production cost

The scale and location of a typical forest operation in Suriname

Data used in the harvesting cost model for a typical forest operation


conclusions and recommendations

Interpreting the results

Refining and updating the analysis