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Bureau for Economic Theory and Applications

Laboratoire d'Economie Forestière


15 November 2018

Welcome to the site dedicated to Forest Economics!

On the 1st of January 2018, the LEF (Forest Economics Laboratory) has become the BETA (Bureau for Economic Theory and Applications), Joint Research Unit between University of Strasbourg, CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), University of Lorraine, INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) and AgroParisTech.

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Still located on the AgroParisTech Campus in Nancy, the former members of the LEF are divided into the new research axes of the BETA and contribute to the transversal theme "Forest Economics" within the new research unit.

Until 2017, LEF was created a Joint research unit of the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Science (AgroParisTech) and the National Institute of Agronomic research (INRA).

BETA is a joint research unit well-established in the North-East of France. BETA ensures missions of research, fundamental and applied in economy, and teaching. The Nancy local office located on the AgroParisTech Campus specializes in environmental economics and its main application is the forest and the forestry sector. The aim is to conceive, develop, and transfer methods and tools of economic analysis to improve the management of the goods, services and products of forests and of the wood industry. Its observatory is a support platform gathering and sustaining data for research and expertise activities.

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BETA is part of the Laboratory of Excellence for Advanced Research on the Biology of TRee and Forest Ecosystems (ARBRE).
The main research objectives of ARBRE are to further the understanding of biological, ecological and evolutionary processes that affect interactions between organisms in temperate forest ecosystems, and to develop new approaches to address key questions related to nutrient cycling, carbon storage and cycling, forest productivity, wood products, ecosystem services and sustainable forest management. We are implementing a wide range of disciplines – from genomics to functional ecology and economics – to understand, monitor and predict community structures, dynamics and processes in forest ecosystems.

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