Valuing ecosystem services from forests: a multidisplinary field-based approach

Maraseni, Tek Narayan and Cockfield, Geoff and Apan, Armando (2005) Valuing ecosystem services from forests: a multidisplinary field-based approach. In: IUFRO World Congress: Forests in the Balance: Linking Tradition and Technology, 8-13 Aug 2005, Brisbane, Australia.


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There are a number of land-use regimes in the world. Within forest land-use there are different management strategies. There are diverse views about the superiority of one
regime or strategy over the others. The resulting debates cannot be solved from the current body of literature as there need to be net economic values of both marketed and
non-marketed good and services in order to compare the outcomes from different management regimes. Because of the uncertainty of methodology and the difficulty in
calculations, researchers are often limited to the valuation of marketed goods of forest and non-marketed values are not taken into account. Consequently, total goods and services from forests are undervalued and their contribution to the national output has been underestimated. As a result, decisions on forest land-use have been biased in favour of other land-use options. This paper reports on the development and testing of a method for evaluating the net benefits from forest that incorporates primary data on carbon sequestration rates, and biodiversity and soil conservations values. This data can then be used to develop optimal production regimes.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2007 05:25
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: carbon sequestration; biodiversity; soil protection; community forestry
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment
05 Environmental Sciences > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050102 Ecosystem Function
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070506 Forestry Product Quality Assessment

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