Provisioning Services of Forest Ecosystem: A Case Study of Southern Achanakmar Tiger Reserve, Central India

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Provisioning Services of Forest Ecosystem: A Case Study of Southern Achanakmar Tiger Reserve, Central India

Damini Sharma, Gunjan Patil, Preety Shah
Int. J. Biosci.21( 4), 1-10, October 2022.
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Abstract

The research was carried out in one of the protected areas, the Southern Achanakmar Tiger Reserve in India’s Chhattisgarh state aims to estimate the provisioning services of the forest inhabitants in buffer and fringe communities. A self-administered structured questionnaire was used as a tool, and a multistage random sampling method was adopted for the survey. The outcomes of the study found that the total economic value of NTFPs (non-timber forest produces) and fuel wood have more value than the benefits derived from agriculture in both buffer and fringe areas. Additionally, the economic value of the NTFPs collection per household per day ranges from 0.26-1.34 USD for 5-7 notable species near the village area and the average computed fuel wood per household per day was assessed as 5.34 (mean) ± 1.43(SD) kg. The study reveals the consumption pattern, economic importance of the forest, and the favorable conditions that encourage people to establish near the area.

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