Valuation of Coastland Resources: The Case of Mangroves in Gujarat

Valuation of Coastland Resources: The Case of Mangroves in Gujarat

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Overview

Confronting India's environmental and economic data, this in-depth study examines the nation's coastal resources in the hopes of providing a better focus for sustainable development. Acknowledging the current failure of national income statistics to include environmental assets,India's coastal resources are examined—notably the mangroves and their rich forest ecosystem. Charging that this thriving ecosystem contributes significantly to the economy, this volume contends that it needs more attention in order to promote sustainable development and protect the coastal population from natural disasters such as cyclones and tsunamis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788171885961
Publisher: Academic Foundation
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Indira Hirway is a director and professor of economics at the Center for Development Alternatives in Ahmedabad, India. She is the author of Organizing Rural Workers and Towards Eradication of Child Labour. Subhrangsu Goswami is an environmental engineer and environmental planner.

Table of Contents


List of Figures, Tables and Annexures     9
Acronyms     13
Acknowledgement     15
Valuation of Mangroves: A Major Ecosystem on the Indian Coast     17
Introduction
Mangroves: Critical for Ecology and Economy
Economic Uses
Protection against Strong Winds, Cyclones and Tsunami Waves
Other Critical Ecological Functions
Global Status of Mangroves
Mangroves in India
Biodiversity of Mangrove Ecosystem in India
Mangroves of West Coast
Mangroves of East Coast
Depletion and Degradation of Mangroves in India
Conservation Measures
Present Study
Changing Status of Mangroves in Gujarat     41
Mangroves in Gujarat
Classification of Mangroves
Onshore Mangroves
Estuarine Mangroves
Deltaic Mangroves
Mangroves of the Gulf
Changing Status of Mangroves in the State
Mangroves between 1960s and 1980s
Depletion and Degradation of Mangroves in the 1990s
Restoration and Regeneration of Mangroves in Gujarat
REMAG Project
Potential of Mangroves in the State
Approach to Valuation of Mangroves     75
Framework for Valuation of Mangroves
Replacement Cost Versus Development Cost
Use and Non-use Value
Value of Mangroves at Different Levels
Livelihood Protection and Distributional
Dimension of Valuation
Present and Potential Value of Mangroves
Methods of Valuation of Mangroves
The Replacement Method
Estimating Direct and Indirect Use Value of Mangroves
Estimating Non-use Value of Mangroves
Potential Value of Mangroves
Replacement Value ofMangroves     89
The Sample Villages
Regeneration of Mangroves in the Selected Villages
Replacement and Restoration Cost
Value of Full Restoration of Mangroves in the State
The Present Direct and Indirect Use Value of Mangroves in Gujarat     109
The Direct Use Value of Mangroves
Value of Mangroves as Fodder
Value of Mangroves as Fuel Wood and for Construction
Value of Mangroves as Timber
Collection of Crabs, Mudskippers and Fish from Mangrove Waters
Total Direct Use Value of Mangroves in Gujarat
Indirect Use Value of Mangroves
Indirect Use Value of Mangroves for On-shore Fishery
Value of Mangroves for Off-shore Fisheries
Indirect Use Value of Mangroves for Protection
Value of Mangroves for their Ecological Functions
Potential Direct Use Value of Mangroves
Wood Products
Non-wood Products
Recreation and Ecotourism
Summary Picture of Direct and Indirect Use Value
Estimating Non-use Value of Mangroves     137
Non-use Value and Indirect Use Value
Carbon Sequestration
Shoreline Stabilisation/Erosion Control
Mangroves for the Future
Concluding Observations and Inferences     147
Use and Non-use Value of Mangroves
Limitations of Valuation
Need For Further Research
Inferences For Coastal Development Policy
Selected References     155
Index     165

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