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Methodological Issues of Assessing Forest as an Ecosystem

Authors: Aleksandr I. Tatarkin, Dr. Sc. (Econ.), Prof., Academician of RAS, Director, Institute of Economics (Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences)

Vladimir G. Loginov, Dr. Sc. (Econ.), Associate Prof., Head of the Sector, Institute of Economics (Ural Branch of the Russian Academyof Sciences)

Abstract: The article addresses the methodological issues of assessing the forest ecosystem as a complex of wood, non­wood and other natural resources. Features and types of forest management are identified through its economic, social and environmental functions. The authors suggest considering public value of forest resources as a comprehensive valuation of tangible and intangible services (resource, ecosystem and social) of forest management.

Keywords: Forest management, wood natural resources, non-wood natural resources, forest ecosystem, comprehensive cadastral economic valuation, public value of natural resources