Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol.11, Issue 2, 2005; Page No.(173-182)

ECOSYSTEM VALUATION, METHODS, TECHNIQUES AND SHORTCOMINGS

Dr. I. Sundar

Abstract

This paper evaluates the usefulness of market and non-market valuation concepts and techniques from the ecological economic perspective.This paper outlines the nature, utility and application of various valuation methods and techniques with a view to study the ecosystem functions and services. Each method has its own mode of application and also evaluation of result partaining to a particular aspect of ecosystem function or service.This paper concludes with some policy measures to improve the performance of valuation studies and their utility with reference to Indian context.

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