|Ecotourism and other Services Derived from Forests in the Asia- Pacific Region: Outlook to 2010. (FAO - Forestry, 1997)|
|2. SERVICES PROVIDED BY FORESTS|
|2.1 Categories Of Services|
There are a number of components to the broad range of ecological services that forests provide. According to Sousson, Shrestha and Uprety (1995), these include (c.f., World Bank 1997):
· the regulation of water regimes by intercepting rainfall and regulating its flow through the hydrological system;
· the maintenance of soil quality and the provision of organic materials through leaf and branch fall;
· the limiting of erosion and protection of soil from the direct impact of rainfall;
· modulating climate; and
· being key components of biodiversity both in themselves and as a habitat for other species.
Whilst these services are important, this report is more concerned with those that have a more specifically human dimension: economic and sociocultural services.