Forests and woodlands provide an enormous range of goods and services to society, from timber and firewood to medicinal plants, watershed protection, destinations for tourists and sacred sites. Only when these are understood and valued can forests and their resources be properly managed and conserved. This work shows how the complicated network of benefits can be untangled and sets out the different approaches needed to value them. It covers the analysis of plant-based markets, non-market valuation and decision frameworks such as cost-benefit analysis.
Towards Understanding the Role of Forests in Rural Livelihoods * Quantitative Methods for Estimating the Economic * Value of Resource Use to Rural Households * Understanding Local and Regional Markets for Forests Products * An Introduction to Approaches and Issues for Measuring Non-market Values in Developing Economics * Economic Decision-making Frameworks for Considering Resource Values: Procedures, Perils and Promise * Participatory Methods for Exploring Livelihood Values Derived from Forests: Potential and Limitations * Searching for Synthesis: Integrating Economic Perspectives with those from Other Disciplines * Expanding our Conceptual and Methodological Understanding of the Role of Trees and Forests in Rural Livelihoods * References * Index