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Forests 2017, 8(11), 427; doi:10.3390/f8110427

Monetary Valuation of Natural Forest Habitats in Protected Areas

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Department of Geoinformatics, Faculty of Science, Palacky University Olomouc, 771 47 Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Department of Developments and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, Palacky University Olomouc, 771 47 Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Academy of Science, Global Change Research Institute, 603 00 Brno, Czech Republic
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Nature Conservation Agency, 148 00 Prague, Czech Republic
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Received: 18 July 2017 / Revised: 29 September 2017 / Accepted: 7 November 2017 / Published: 10 November 2017
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Abstract

The progressive development of economic valuations of biodiversity in recent decade enables the application of the concept of payments for ecosystem services (PES) in order to conservation of forest biodiversity in protected areas. In this article, the PES concept principles are applied for the monetary valuation of natural forest habitats, which were mapped in the Czech Republic in order to create the Natura 2000 European network. The method is based on expert evaluation of every type of mapped habitat by a point value (ranging from 1 to 6 points) for specific ecological evaluating criteria. The monetary value of every point of specific natural forest habitats was defined from the economic analysis of financial expenses of realised ecological restoration projects in the Czech Republic. This method is therefore based on a rather exceptional application of the PES concept, which is still rare in literature because it is based on actual invested financial means, not only on the potential willingness to spend these financial means. The presented results of the monetary valuation of the natural forest habitats in the Czech Republic indicate that the method used for the monetization of forest biodiversity in protected areas can represent a promising decision support tool in countries where habitat mapping results are available. View Full-Text
Keywords: monetary value of forest biodiversity; Natura 2000; special area of conservation monetary value of forest biodiversity; Natura 2000; special area of conservation
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Pechanec, V.; Machar, I.; Sterbova, L.; Prokopova, M.; Kilianova, H.; Chobot, K.; Cudlin, P. Monetary Valuation of Natural Forest Habitats in Protected Areas. Forests 2017, 8, 427.

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