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Sustainability 2017, 9(5), 687; doi:10.3390/su9050687

Decomposition Analysis of Forest Ecosystem Services Values

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Graduate School of Fisheries and Environmental Sciences, Nagasaki University, 1-14 Bunkyo-machi, Nagasaki 852-8521, Japan
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Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University, 3-11 Tsurukabuto, Nada-ku, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
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Urban Institute & Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishiku, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan
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Academic Editor: Jose G. Borges
Received: 11 November 2016 / Revised: 12 April 2017 / Accepted: 22 April 2017 / Published: 26 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Decision Support for Forest Ecosystem Management Sustainability)
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Abstract

Forest ecosystem services are fundamental for human life. To protect and increase forest ecosystem services, the driving factors underlying changes in forest ecosystem service values must be determined to properly implement forest resource management planning. This study examines the driving factors that affect changes in forest ecosystem service values by focusing on regional forest characteristics using a dataset of 47 prefectures in Japan for 2000, 2007, and 2012. We applied two approaches: a contingent valuation method for estimating the forest ecosystem service value per area and a decomposition analysis for identifying the main driving factors of changes in the value of forest ecosystem services. The results indicate that the value of forest ecosystem services has increased due to the expansion of forest area from 2000 to 2007. However, factors related to forest management and ecosystem service value per area have contributed to a decrease in the value of ecosystem services from 2000 to 2007 and from 2007 to 2012, respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: forest management; ecosystem services; decomposition analysis; contingent valuation method; Japan forest management; ecosystem services; decomposition analysis; contingent valuation method; Japan
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Fujii, H.; Sato, M.; Managi, S. Decomposition Analysis of Forest Ecosystem Services Values. Sustainability 2017, 9, 687.

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