Empirical Approaches to the Valuation of Small Wildlife Resources in Communal Areas in Zimbabwe

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  • This research was conducted in 1994 under the auspices of the \"Value of Trees\" project. This five year project is funded by the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada. It is a joint project between the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, and the University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe. The project involves members of the Department of Rural Economy at the University of Alberta, and the Department of Biological Science, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, and the Centre for Applied Social Sciences, at the University of Zimbabwe. The objective of the \"Value of Trees\" project is to develop, test and assess the applicability of methodologies to quantify the benefits and costs of tree components in small farm production systems in southern and eastern Africa. Research is being conducted by numbers of graduate students and faculty members from the Universities of Alberta and Zimbabwe. This paper contributes to the general purpose of the \"Value of Trees\" project by filling an information gap through the assessment of household use and values of small wildlife. These wildlife values contribute to the overall value of trees. This research provides background and preliminary work into wildlife use and valuation which should instigate further research into wildlife valuation. The suggested methodologies may be applicable to other non-timber resources and their recognition should enable better public management of these resources.

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