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Uncovering the Hidden Harvest

Bruce M. Campbell Marty Luckert
Price: $ 39.95

For conservation of plant resources to succeed, it is essential to understand their importance for local people and their livelihoods. This practical and accessible handbook shows how to do this for a non-technical readership. It describes the diverse products and services provided by forests and woodlands ¿ the hidden harvest ¿ and sets out clearly the range of economic and other approaches to valuing them. From this it explains how better-informed decisions on resource allocation and conservation can be made.

With contributions from ecologists, economists and sociologists, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of successful natural resource management, the manual shows how to untangle the complicated network of benefits from forests, and uses the full portfolio of approaches in valuing them. These include the analysis of household livelihoods and plant-based markets, non-market valuation and decision frameworks such as cost-benefit analysis.

As part of the People and Plants initiative to enhance the role of communities in efforts to conserve biodiversity and use plant resources sustainably, the book will be invaluable to those working in or studying forestry, conservation and resource management.

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