How much is the forest?

China’s authorities have launched pilot programs to measure the value of the country’s forests. The background to this is the effort to create a measurement unit for “ecological services and products” in addition to gross domestic product. Nature’s “services” – for example, clean drinking water or storing carbon dioxide – are to be tracked in economic metrics. The logic behind this: By assigning a financial value to nature, China is more likely to protect it (China.Table reported).

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