Valuing forest ecosystem services: Case study of a forest reserve in Japan

K. N. Ninan, Makoto Inoue

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Forests provide several intangible benefits such as regulating local and global climate, protecting watersheds, arresting soil erosion, nutrient cycling, etc., which policymakers ignore since these values do not register in conventional markets or are difficult to measure. While in the past the use, non-use and intrinsic values were cited to justify conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005) added another dimension – viz. its role in providing ecosystem services which impact on human well-being and sustainable development (MEA, 2005; Ninan, 2007, 2011). In a seminal article, Costanza et al. (1997) estimated the total annual value of the world’s ecosystem services at an average of US$33 trillion, and of global forests at US$969 per hectare. Despite Japan having the largest proportion of land area under forests among high income countries in the world (about 69 per cent as per the Global Forest Resources Assessment Report for 2010), surprisingly there are very few studies which have assessed the economic value of the ecosystem services of Japan’s forests, and these being in Japanese are not easily accessible to the international scientific community. One such study cited recently estimated the total economic value of the ecosystem services of Japan’s forests at about US$620 billion (2001 US$) per annum (MRC, 2001; White et al., 2011). This chapter, therefore, makes a case study to assess the economic value of the ecosystem services of forests in Japan.

本文言語English
ホスト出版物のタイトルValuing Ecosystem Services
ホスト出版物のサブタイトルMethodological Issues and Case Studies
出版社Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
ページ245-268
ページ数24
ISBN(電子版)9781781955161
ISBN(印刷版)9781781955154
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2014 1 1
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 農業および生物科学(全般)
  • 環境科学(全般)
  • 経済学、計量経済学および金融学(全般)
  • ビジネス、管理および会計(全般)

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