Valuing forest ecosystem services

Case study of a forest reserve in Japan

K. N. Ninan, Makoto Inoue

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Abstract

Forests ecosystems provide several intangible benefits which policy makers ignore since these values do not register in conventional markets or are difficult to measure. Drawing on results of a case study of a forest reserve in Japan, this paper suggests that the annual value of the ecosystem services provided by forests is not only worth millions of dollars, but also in per hectare terms much more than hitherto known. This value for the Oku Aizu forest reserve ranged US$ 1.427-1.482 billion or about US$ 17,016-17,671 per ha. If these are accounted for, then governments and societies faced with the development versus conservation dilemma can make more informed decisions and policies that will help conserve forests and the ecosystem services they provide, and thereby promote human well-being and sustainable development.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEcosystem Services
Volume5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sep
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Economic valuation
  • Forest ecosystem services
  • Japan
  • Oku Aizu forest reserve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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Valuing forest ecosystem services : Case study of a forest reserve in Japan. / Ninan, K. N.; Inoue, Makoto.

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