The value of Namibia's forest resources: Preliminary economic asset and flow accounts
AbstractA national forest inventory completed in 2004 enabled the development of preliminary forest resource accounts for Namibia. The total woody resources volume was estimated at 257�million�m3. Forest products used for fuel, poles, timber and non-timber were included in the accounts, but charcoal production on private land was excluded. Forest use directly contributed some 3 per cent of the gross national product, N$1�billion (US$160�million), and the total direct and indirect economic impact of forest use in the broader economy was some N$1.8 billion (US$288�million). The standing forest assets had an estimated capital value of N$19 billion (US$304�million), comparable with the values for fish, minerals and wildlife. On a national level, stocks are underused. However, some localised over-harvesting occurs, which might be ameliorated through community forest management and trade in products, but capture of resource rent by government should be restricted to commercial forest use.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Taylor and Francis Journals in its journal Development Southern Africa.
Volume (Year): 27 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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