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The Importance of Local Forest Benefits: Valuation of Non-timber Forest Products in the Eastern Arc Mountains in Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Schaafsma, M.
dc.contributor.author MorseJones, S.
dc.contributor.author Posen, P.
dc.contributor.author Swetnam, R. D.
dc.contributor.author Balmford, A.
dc.contributor.author Bateman, I. J.
dc.contributor.author Burgess, N.
dc.contributor.author Chamshama, S.A.O.
dc.contributor.author Fisher, B.
dc.contributor.author Freeman, T.
dc.contributor.author Geofrey, V.
dc.contributor.author Green, R.
dc.contributor.author Hepelwa, A.S.
dc.contributor.author HernándezSirvent, A.
dc.contributor.author Hess, S.
dc.contributor.author Kajembe, G.C.
dc.contributor.author Kayharara, G.
dc.contributor.author Kilonzo, M.
dc.contributor.author Kulindwa, K.
dc.contributor.author Lund, J. F.
dc.contributor.author Madoffe, S. S.
dc.contributor.author Mbwambo, L.
dc.contributor.author Meilby, H.
dc.contributor.author Ngaga, Y. M.
dc.contributor.author Theilade, I.
dc.contributor.author Treue, T.
dc.contributor.author van Beukering, P.
dc.contributor.author Vyamana, V. G.
dc.contributor.author Turner, R. K.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-24T11:24:46Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-24T11:24:46Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05
dc.identifier.issn 0967‐8875
dc.identifier.uri http://www.taccire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/208
dc.description.abstract Understanding the spatial distribution of the quantity and value of Non‐ Timber Forest Product (NTFP) collection gives insight into the benefits that local communities obtain from forests, and can inform decisions about the selection of forested areas that are eligible for conservation and enforcement of regulations. In this paper we estimate transferable household production functions of NTFP extraction in the Eastern Arc Mountains (EAM) in Tanzania, based on information from several multisite datasets related to the behaviour of over 2000 households. These micro‐level models can be used to predict the value of NTFP collection across a broader spatial scale. The study shows that the total benefit flow of charcoal, firewood, poles and thatch from the EAM to the local population has an estimated value of TSH 59 billion (USD 42 million) per year, and provides an important source of additional income for local communities, especially the poorest. We therefore argue that further restrictions on forest access to promote conservation will require additional policies to prevent a consequent increase in poverty, and an enforced trade‐off between conservation and energy supply to rural and urban households. en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship The Leverhulme Trust (UK) and Packard Foundation (USA) en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) en_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseries CSERGE Working Papers;
dc.subject Non‐timber forest products en_GB
dc.subject environmental valuation en_GB
dc.subject Forests en_GB
dc.subject Tanzania en_GB
dc.subject Forest management en_GB
dc.subject environmental conservation en_GB
dc.subject Eastern Arc Mountains en_GB
dc.subject conservation en_GB
dc.subject poverty en_GB
dc.subject energy en_GB
dc.title The Importance of Local Forest Benefits: Valuation of Non-timber Forest Products in the Eastern Arc Mountains in Tanzania en_GB
dc.type Working Paper en_GB

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