Alternative use systems for the remaining Ethiopian cloud forest and the role of Arabica coffee - A cost-benefit analysis

Reichhuber, Anke and Requate, Till (2012) Alternative use systems for the remaining Ethiopian cloud forest and the role of Arabica coffee - A cost-benefit analysis Ecological Economics, 75 . pp. 102-113.

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Abstract

This paper presents a cost-benefit analysis of three different use systems for the remaining cloud forests in Ethiopia, which at present are being depleted at the rate of 8% per year. These use systems are a) traditional conversion to crop land, b) sustainable management of the forest (e.g. by growing high-quality, semi-forest coffee), and c) strict conservation. We find that under business as usual conversion to cropland yields the highest net present income value for the local population. Taking into account watershed services, sustainable forest use is in the best interests of the country for discount rates of 10% or lower. Taking into account the global benefits of biodiversity conservation and carbon storage, sustainable forest management also yields the highest total economic value while strict conservation does not pass a cost-benefit test even at a discount rate of 3%+ (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: Kiel University
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0921-8009
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 14 May 2014 09:40
Last Modified: 14 May 2014 09:40
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/24221

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