Economic valuation of sustainable natural resource use in Malawi
This Economic Study is conducted within the context of the Malawi Poverty and Environment Initiative (MPEI) which the Government of Malawi (GoM) is implementing with support from the Global Poverty and Environment Initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). The primary aim of the study is to provide evidence on the costs and benefits of sustainable and unsustainable natural resource management (NRM) in Malawi for four selected natural resources: forestry resources, fisheries resources, wildlife resources and soils. The analysis establishes linkages between natural resource management on the one hand, and poverty reduction, economic well-being and development on the other. Further, we draw on case studies and other evidence to assess the net benefits of key interventions to encourage more sustainable natural resource use in each selected NR sector. The study was conducted in 2008 and 2007 prices were used.