Forests are highly valued for the wood and other non-timber products they provide such as fruit, food, medicinal products, and countless other benefits with aesthetic and spiritual value. Forests also play an important role in protecting the soil, generating water and oxygen, and housing very rich biodiversity. Their value to humanity is immeasurable. These attributes of … [Read more...] about Two ways governments put a price on forests
Alberto Villalba is a Natural Resources Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank, he has a bachelor degree in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Asuncion and a Masters in International Development from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. Before joining the IDB, he was working for seven years for The Nature Conservancy, focusing on the Grand Chaco ecoregion in South America , and working with government agencies, NGOs and other local stakeholders in order to create and consolidate conservation areas on public and private lands.