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Cost-Benefit Studies of Natural Resource Management in South East Asia

  • Features research studies carried out in a number of developing countries in Asia
  • Highlights meaningful results that have been generated despite problems with data availability
  • Provides teachers in Southeast Asia with useful discussions and case studies

By: David James(Editor), Herminia A Francisco(Editor)

255 pages, 164 b/w illustrations


Hardback | Apr 2015 | #221472 | ISBN-13: 9789812873927
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Cost-Benefit Studies of Natural Resource Management in South East Asia applies cost-benefit analysis techniques in the management of environment and natural resources in developing countries of the Southeast Asian region and presents a compendium of studies conducted by researchers supported by the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA). It emphasizes the close relationship between the environment and natural resources and economic development in such countries, addressing a wide range of problems that can be understood using economic evaluation techniques. General guidelines for conducting economic appraisals are provided, with the case studies illustrating how they can be applied in a developing country context.

Cost-Benefit Studies of Natural Resource Management in South East Asia serves as essential reading for teachers, researchers, students and practitioners in environmental and natural resource economics, economic development and key issues facing policymakers in the Southeast Asian region.



Part I: Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis and Case Studies
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Principles and Practice of Cost-Benefit Analysis

Part II: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Chapter 3: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Jatropha Biodiesel Production in China
Chapter 4: Comparing the Social Costs of Biofuels and Fossil Fuels: A Case Study of Vietnam
Chapter 5: Economic Analysis of Rice Straw Management Alternatives and Understanding Farmers' Choices
Chapter 6: Optimal Forest Management For Carbon Sequestration: A Case Study of Eucalyptus Uropphylla and Acacia Mangium in Yen Bal Province, Vietnam
Chapter 7: Rubber Plantation Development In Cambodia: A Cost-Benefit Analysis
Chapter 8: Environmental Consequences of and Pollution Control Options for Pond "Tra" Fish Production in Thotnot District, Cantho City, Vietnam

Part III: River Basin Management
Chapter 9: Application of an Educated Trade-Off Analysis Framework for The Ma Oya River Basin Development Project, Sri Lanka
Chapter 10: Policy Options for Sustainable River Sand Mining in Sri Lanka

Part IV: Protected Areas
Chapter 11: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Ecotourism: A Case Study of Xe Pian National Protected Area, Champasak Province, Lao PDR
Chapter 12: A Cost and Benefit Analysis of the Community Forestry Project in Chumkiri District, Kampot Province, Cambodia
Chapter 13: Economic Benefit of Management Options for a Suburban Forest (Kho Hong Hill) in South Thailand
Chapter 14: Cost-Effectiveness of Policy Options for Sustainable Wetland Conservation: A Case Study of Qixinghe Wetland, China

Part V: Adaptation to Climate Change
Chapter 15: Economic Vulnerability and Possible Adaptation to Coastal Erosion in San Fernando City, Philippines
Chapter 16: Adaptation To Sea Level Rise in The Vietnamese Mekong River Delta: Should A Sea Dike Be Built?
Chapter 17: Exploring the Potentials of A Technology-Based Flood Early Warning System In Laguna, Philippines: A Cost-Benefit Analysis


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Dr. David James is an independent consultant based in Sydney, Australia. He obtained his MA from the University of Newcastle, NSW, and PhD from the University of Bristol, U.K. He has more than 40 years of practical and research experience specialising in environmental and natural resource economics. Currently, he is working on the economics of climate change, ecosystem services and integrated catchment management. During his career, he has conducted economic assessments and provided policy advice on forestry, fisheries, agriculture, dry lands, catchments, riverine systems, coastal zones, energy systems, water and sewerage, solid waste, urban development, air and water pollution, and protected areas. Dr James received a United Nations Environment Programme Global 500 Award in 1988 for his pioneering work in environmental impact assessment and natural resource management incorporating economic principles. He is also the recipient of an East West Centre Makana Team Award for his work in environmental economics in SE Asia. Since 1988 David has served as Special Commissioner on the Australian Resource Assessment Commission's Forest and Timber Inquiry, Member of the NSW Government's Natural Resources Audit Council, Co-Chair of the NSW Economic and Social Technical Committee for the Regional Forestry Agreement Process, Independent Adviser to several Government Commissions of Inquiry, and Member of numerous governmental advisory committees. David has worked extensively in developing countries, including acting as ICEM Senior Economist in the Protected Areas and Development Review for the Mekong region. He is the longest serving Resource Person with the Economy and Environment Program for South-East Asia (EEPSEA), providing guidance and training to researchers throughout the region.

Dr. Herminia Francisco is the Director of the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA). The Program plays an important role in developing researchers' capacity to produce high quality, policy relevant studies to support improved environmental management in Southeast Asia. EEPSEA receives funding support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). It has been administered by WorldFish since November 2012. Prior to taking the post as Director of EEPSEA, Dr Francisco was stationed in Cambodia for two years where she managed the capacity-building training and research grant activities for select institutions in Lao PDR, Cambodia and Vietnam. Dr Francisco also taught for several years at the University of the Philippines at Los Banos and was also involved in providing consultancy services to several international organizations before joining EEPSEA. Her written work covers topics such as economics of soil erosion and conservation, pricing of environmental services, climate change adaptation, and institutional issues governing the management of common pool resources.

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