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Quantifying the Economic Value of Ecosystem Services in Oil Palm Dominated Landscapes in Riau Province in Sumatra, Indonesia

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College of Science and Engineering, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia
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Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Riau, Pekanbaru 28293, Indonesia
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UniSA STEM, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia
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Land 2020, 9(6), 194; https://doi.org/10.3390/land9060194
Received: 13 April 2020 / Revised: 6 June 2020 / Accepted: 9 June 2020 / Published: 11 June 2020
Ecosystem services in oil palm plantations owned by smallholders in four villages in the Riau Province, Indonesia were identified and valued. Nine provisioning, three regulating and maintenance, one cultural ecosystem service, and a single ecosystem dis-service, were identified from interviews with 62 farming households. Direct and indirect market valuation methods were used to estimate the total economic value (TEV) of these services, which averaged USD 6520 ha−1 year−1 (range = USD 2970–7729 ha−1 year−1). The values of provisioning services were USD 4331 ha−1 year−1 (range = USD 2263–5489 ha−1 year−1), regulating and maintenance services were valued at USD 1880 ha−1 year−1 (range of USD 707–3110 ha−1 year−1), and cultural services were USD 309 ha−1 year−1. We conclude that identifying and valuing ecosystem services offers an opportunity to improve the environmental and economic sustainability of smallholders in oil palm landscapes in Indonesia. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecosystem services; oil palm; smallholders; Indonesia ecosystem services; oil palm; smallholders; Indonesia
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Aulia, A.F.; Sandhu, H.; Millington, A.C. Quantifying the Economic Value of Ecosystem Services in Oil Palm Dominated Landscapes in Riau Province in Sumatra, Indonesia. Land 2020, 9, 194.

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