Project seeks better valuation of tropical river resources
WorldFish researchers and their colleagues undertook a major study to help developing countries begin addressing this serious information gap. In five regional reviews, they examined the nature and use of current valuation methodologies and summarized related information on the status of tropical rivers and inland fisheries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. A synthesis report on the findings was published in 2008. Follow-up work is needed to find better ways of analyzing the value of river resources so this can be given due weight in development planning and policies. From the comprehensive information they obtained, the authors calculated that tropical fisheries production currently totals about 5.46 million tons, with an estimated value of US$5.58 billion (at gross market value); that amount is equivalent to 19% of the current value of annual fish exports from developing countries.
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