Manual for environmental and economic accounts for forestry: a tool for cross-sectoral policy analysis







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Manual for

environmental and economic accounts for forestry:

a tool for cross-sectoral policy analysis


Glenn-Marie Lange


Working Paper


March 2004


Forestry Department


Rome, Italy




The designations employed and the presentation of material in this information product do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations concerning the legal or development status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.


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Chapter 1: Structure and policy uses of forest accounts

1.1 Structure

1.2 Policy uses

Chapter 2: Cross-sectoral policy applications of forest accounts

2.1 Countries implementing forest accounts

2.3 Who benefits from the goods and services provided by forests?

2.4 Is economic growth based on the depletion of forests and other renewable resources?

2.5 Forest valuation and trade-offs among competing uses of forests

2.6 Modelling the economy-wide impact of non-forestry policies

2.7 Summary and comments

Chapter 3: Forest accounts at the regional level and for individual forests

3.1 Spatial disaggregation of national forest accounts

3.2 Regional forest accounts and accounts for individual forests

3.3 Challenges for regional and local forest accounting

Chapter 4: Guidelines for policy analysis using forest accounts

4.1 Economic value of forests, including market and non-market goods and services

4.2 Distribution of forest benefits

4.3 Forestry and sustainable economic growth

4.4 Trade-offs among competing users

4.5 The impacts of non-forestry policies on forest use

4.6 Concluding comments

Chapter 5 : Overview of forest accounting

5.1 Forest goods and services

5.2 Representing forest goods and services in the accounts

5.3 Definition and classification of forests and wooded land

Chapter 6 : Physical forest accounts

6.1 Physical asset accounts for wooded land and standing timber

6.2 Physical accounts for forest goods and services

6.3 Supply and use table for forest products

Chapter 7: Monetary accounts for forests

7.1 Valuing forest assets

7.2 Valuation of forest goods and services

7.3 Monetary supply and use table

7.4 Expenditures for forest resource management and protection

Chapter 8 : Guidelines for implementation of forest accounts

8.1 Data sources

8.2 Standard tables for constructing forest accounts

Appendix A : Forest accounts and sustainability indicators for forestry