Valuating intangible benefits from afforested areas: A case study in India


  • Avinash Jain Tropical Forest Research Institute
  • Girish Chandra Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education
  • Raman Nautiyal Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education



Contingent valuation, India, Intangible benefits, Logit model, WTP


Environmental compensation measures usually accompany energy projects. Willingness-To-Pay (WTP) for five intangible benefits derived from afforested areas of a compensatory afforestation programme of National Thermal Power Corporation Dadri are estimated. Conventional Contingent Valuation shows the average WTP € 2.1 per respondent per month with more than 43 % of total WTP for ‘soil conservation and remediation’ and ‘improvement in underground water level’. Logit model method depicts the same order of magnitude but differs significantly at 5 % level for all the benefits. More informed decisions upon energy projects and afforestation programs shall help in conserving forests and their ecosystem services.


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Author Biographies

Avinash Jain, Tropical Forest Research Institute

Division of Forest Ecology & Rehabilitation

Girish Chandra, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education

Division of Forestry Statistics

Raman Nautiyal, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education

Division of Forestry Statistics


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