Measuring forest and wild product contributions to household welfare : Testing a scalable household survey instrument in Indonesia

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Bakkegaard , R K , Hogarth , N , Bong , I W , Bosselmann , A & Wunder , S 2017 , ' Measuring forest and wild product contributions to household welfare : Testing a scalable household survey instrument in Indonesia ' , Forest Policy and Economics , vol. 84 , pp. 20-28 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2016.10.005

Title: Measuring forest and wild product contributions to household welfare : Testing a scalable household survey instrument in Indonesia
Author: Bakkegaard, Riyong Kim; Hogarth, Nicholas; Bong, Indah Waty; Bosselmann, Aske; Wunder, Sven
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Forest Ecology and Management
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Forest Policy and Economics
ISSN: 1389-9341
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/309587
Abstract: Systematic comparisons of human dependence on forests and environmental resources have been challenging, as a result of heterogeneous methodologies. Specialized Forestry Modules have been developed, with the goal of filling current information gaps concerning the economic importance of forest and wild products in household welfare and rural livelihoods. Results from a pilot assessment of the Forestry Modules in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, are presented, showing that the Forestry Modules perform well in extracting the expected information: mean per capita forest and wild product income shifts according to the geographical “forest gradient”. Significantly, in the forest-rich upstream village, mean forest and wild product income and mean forest-related wage and business incomes exceeds current mean agricultural income statistics for West Kalimantan and mean non-agricultural rural household incomes in the lowest bracket. Consumption of forest products and importance as a coping strategy was higher in the most upstream village, where sale of forest products in times of shock was more marked in the most downstream village (where forest coping strategies were also least important). The Forestry Modules' detailed and systematic approach can help ensure that contributions of forest and wild products are not underestimated in national figures.
Subject: 4112 Forestry
Socioeconomic survey
Methodology
Forest-based livelihoods
Household income
West Kalimantan
DEPENDENCE
LIVELIHOODS
RESOURCES
INCOME
GHANA
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