Financial analysis of small-scale forests in the amu darya lowlands of rural uzbekistan

J. P. Lamers, I. Bobojonov, Asia Khamzina, J. S. Franz

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Abstract

The establishment of forests on small-scale marginal lands in the Amu Darya Lowlands in Uzbekistan is an alternative use of land abandoned from cropping. Over four consecutive years biomass data were collected from Elaeagnus angustifolia, Ulmus pumila, and Populus euphratica plantings and complemented with data of mature trees (15–20 years) growing naturally on marginal land. These formed the basis for elaborating 20-year growth functions for these species. The potential for capital investment in the small-scale forests was assessed by considering annual fuelwood, fodder and fruit production, plus the stumpage value after 20 years. The benefit to cost ratio (BCR) and Net Present Value (NPV) were compared at 10%, 16% and 24% discount rates. At a 16% discount rate (base case), the NPV for E. angustifolia was greatest (13,924 US$ ha−1)1, followed by P. euphratica(4,096 US$ ha−1), and U. pumila (1,717 US$ ha1) showing a BCR of 7.8, 2.2 and 1.8, respectively. These suggest that afforestation is a promising alternative form of land use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-386
Number of pages14
JournalForests Trees and Livelihoods
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

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Ulmus pumila
Elaeagnus angustifolia
Populus euphratica
Uzbekistan
discount rate
lowlands
land use
economic investment
abandoned land
stumpage
fruit production
fuelwood
fodder
afforestation
fruit growing
cost
cropping practice
planting
forage
biomass

Keywords

  • Afforestation
  • Aral Sea Basin
  • Benefit-Cost Ratio
  • Present Value of Net Return

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  • Forestry

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Financial analysis of small-scale forests in the amu darya lowlands of rural uzbekistan. / Lamers, J. P.; Bobojonov, I.; Khamzina, Asia; Franz, J. S.

In: Forests Trees and Livelihoods, Vol. 18, No. 4, 01.01.2008, p. 373-386.

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Lamers, J. P. ; Bobojonov, I. ; Khamzina, Asia ; Franz, J. S. / Financial analysis of small-scale forests in the amu darya lowlands of rural uzbekistan. In: Forests Trees and Livelihoods. 2008 ; Vol. 18, No. 4. pp. 373-386.
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