Conservation of biodiversity in the Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Kenya

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Conservation of biodiversity in the Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Kenya

Show simple item record Muriithi, Samuel Muiruri Kenyon, Wendy 2021-06-25T11:06:28Z 2021-06-25T11:06:28Z 2002
dc.identifier.citation Muriithi, S. M. & Kenyon, W. (2002). Conservation of biodiversity in the Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Kenya.Biodiversity and Conservation 11: 1437–1450 en_US
dc.description.abstract Using an economic approach to provide a rationale for rainforest conservation has been a popular exercise in recent years. This paper uses such an approach to assess the net value of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest in Kenya. The economic benefits associated with the forest derived by local and global populations are estimated by combining evidence from existing studies and the results of a contingent valuation study carried out by the authors. These benefits are set against the cost of preserving the forest to the Kenyan Forest Department. Even when the opportunity cost of the forest land is omitted from the costs of forest preservation, and when the revenues generated from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project are included, the costs of forest conservation outweigh the benefits. It is only when non-use and existence values are included (which are not realised by the Kenyan population) that the forest benefits exceed the costs. The paper concludes by arguing that, although some projects within the Arabuko Sokoke Forest have been successful in capturing some of the economic value associated with the forest, more needs to be done to design additional capture mechanisms so that a greater proportion of the global benefit of the forest can be realised by local populations and local governments en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Biodiversity and Conservation en_US
dc.subject Conservation en_US
dc.subject Biodiversity en_US
dc.subject Arabuko Sokoke Forest en_US
dc.subject Kenya en_US
dc.title Conservation of biodiversity in the Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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