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An economic valuation of ecosystem services based on perceptions of rural Ethiopian communities

Marlen S. Krause, Ephraim Nkonya () and Verena C. Griess

Ecosystem Services, 2017, vol. 26, issue PA, 37-44

Abstract: Ethiopia is facing severe land degradation resulting in a growing need to better understand ecosystem services (ES) and their importance for rural communities. We conducted focus group discussions in six rural communities in Ethiopia’s Oromia region to gather data on land use and livelihood trends over a timespan of three decades. We assessed the perception of local communities regarding the relevance of ES and economically quantified the perceived ES values that community members derive from forests, grasslands and croplands.

Keywords: Ecosystem services; Land degradation; Economic valuation; Livelihoods; Land use change; Ethiopia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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