JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2016, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (5): 789-799.doi: 10.11849/zrzyxb.20150546

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Estimating the Values of Forest Ecosystems in Conserving Rare and Endangered Animals in Sichuan Province

ZHAO Hai-feng1, XU Ming1, 2   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
  • Received:2015-05-18 Revised:2015-10-22 Online:2016-05-20 Published:2016-05-19
  • Supported by:
    Monitoring and Evaluation of Ecosystem Services in Qinghai Province, China, No.2013-N-556; Forest Carbon Monitoring and Accounting Project of the Forestry Department of Sichuan Province, No.2009-204

Abstract: The value of ecosystems in conserving biodiversity, especially the rare and endangered animals (REAs), is an important component in the overall ecosystem values. However, directly estimating the values of ecosystem has been difficult and sometimes misleading. Thus, the current study used the costs of ex-situ conservation of the REAs to evaluate the value of forest ecosystems in protection the REAs in Sichuan Province to assist policy making in forest conservation and management. The approach is based on the alternative cost method, namely taking away the habitats provided by the forests, all the rare and endangered animals inhabited should be conserved by providing them with land, food, water, and other necessities. The costs of the ex-situ conservation represent the value of the forest ecosystems in protecting the REAs. According to the “basic” costs of individual animals in the Chengdu Zoo, we found that the total value of the forest ecosystems in protecting the REAs in Sichuan is 15.45×108 yuan in 2012.

Key words: alternative cost method, biodiversity conservation, forest ecosystem valuation, rare and endangered animals, Sichuan Province

CLC Number: 

  • X826