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The recreational value of tropical forests in Malaysia

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Guy Garrod, Emeritus Professor Ken Willis


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Forest Recreation Areas (FRAs) in Malaysia are one element of a forestry strategy directed towards the sustainable use of the remaining areas of tropical forest. FRAs provide informal recreational opportunities, free of charge to the public. In this study the recreational value of FRAs was estimated using a contingent valuation method. To assess the validity of the results, individual travel cost models were developed for three FRAs. Both sets of results correspond over a number of criteria. The aggregate benefits of FRAs exceed the costs of their provision, and more could be justified on benefit/cost grounds. Despite this, FRAs will not result in the conservation of large areas of tropical forest in Malaysia. © 1997 A B Academic Publishers.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Garrod GD, Willis KG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of World Forest Resource Management

Year: 1997

Volume: 8

Issue: 2

Pages: 183-201

Print publication date: 01/01/1997

ISSN (print): 0261-4286

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Publisher: AB Academic Publishers