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Valuing the Rain Forest: The Economic Value of Nontimber Forest Products in Ecuador

Alicia Grimes, Sally Loomis, Paul Jahnige, Margo Burnham, Karen Onthank, Rocio Alarcón, Walter Palacios Cuenca, Carlos Cerón Martinez, David Neill, Michael Balick, Brad Bennett and Robert Mendelsohn
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Vol. 23, No. 7 (Nov., 1994), pp. 405-410
Published by: Springer on behalf of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4314245
Page Count: 6
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Valuing the Rain Forest: The Economic Value of Nontimber Forest Products in Ecuador
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Abstract

This study calculates the value of three ha of primary forest in the Upper Napo region of Amazonian Ecuador based on the potential extraction of nontimber forest products (NTFPs). Through ethnobotanical and market surveys, the annual harvest levels, market prices and extraction costs of seven fruits, three medicinal barks, and one resin are measured. The present value of net revenue from NTFP collection is USD 2830 in the upland plots and USD1257 in the alluvial plot which is significantly higher than the returns from alternative land uses in this area.

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