Rod Waddington from Kergunyah, Australia [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

This paper was originally published in Forest Policy and Economics.


Highlights

  • We conduct an economic accounting of Ethiopian forests.
  • Estimation is made by evaluating the changes in the value of forests as natural capital.
  • Data show that Ethiopia still is in a decreasing trend of forest assets in the value term.
  • This is the case despite a recent expansion of tree-covered areas in the country.

Abstract: Ethiopia has experienced a long-term deforestation with broad implications for human life and economic activities, but conventional frameworks of economic accounting are not able to assess the country’s economic and environmental sustainability in the face of such deforestation problem. In this study, we attempt an economic accounting of Ethiopian forests based on a welfare-economic framework, which assesses changes in the value of forests as natural capital. Our estimates suggest that the recent government re-greening efforts are yet to increase forest assets in the value term, although they have expanded the land areas covered by trees in the country…”

Read on and access the full paper at: Forest Policy and Economics.