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The aim of this paper is to quantify the impact of the forest on raw water quality within the framework of other land uses. On the basis of measurements of quality parameters that were identified as being the most problematic (i.e., pesticides and nitrates), we modeled how water quality is influenced by land uses. In order to assess the benefits provided by the forest in terms of improved water quality, we used variations of drinking water prices that were determined by the operating costs of water supply services (WSS). Given the variability of links between forests and water quality, we chose to cover all of France using data observed in each administrative department (France is divided into 95 départements), including a description of WSS and information on land uses. We designed a model that describes the impact of land uses on water quality, as well as the operation of WSS and prices. This bioeconomic model was estimated by the generalized method of moments (GMM) to account for endogeneity and heteroscedasticity issues. We showed that the forest has a positive effect on raw water quality compared to other land uses, with an indirect impact on water prices, making them lower for consumers.

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... The monitoring sites located within the same sub-basins were grouped together because they share similar water quality features, as can be generally seen in Figure 7, largely due to their land cover distribution (Figure 2), which has a direct effect in water quality (Fiquepron et al., 2013). The monitoring sites located in highly urban and industrial sub-basins, such as RH2Eb (with clusters H, I, J, and K), or in highly forested sub-basins, such as RH12Ed andRH12Ej (with cluster E), were clustered together, respectively, as seen in Figure 7. Forested areas are known to have a positive effect on surface water resources by the retention of pollutants and the reduction of runoff rates [33,34]. Conversely, industrial and urban areas are prone to surface pollutant transport due to low surface permeability and increased surface runoff [35,36] as well through storm water discharge pipes or industrial discharge (legal or illegal) ...
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... In addition, changes in physicochemical indicators are determinants of the amount of aluminum sulfate required for water treatment (Canepa, 2005). Previous studies showed that the operational costs of water treatment plants and population access to clean water decrease when water quality and forest cover in the catchment area increases (for example Forster et al., 1987;Dearmont et al., 1998;Ernst et al., 2004;Abildtrup et al., 2013Abildtrup et al., , 2015Fiquepron et al., 2013;Singh and Mishra, 2014;Donoghue et al., 2015;Vincent et al., 2016;Lopes et al., 2019;Mulatu et al., 2020). However, the magnitude and importance of the relationship between forest cover, water quality, and water purification costs is empirical and likely dependent on the location. ...
... Most previous studies have analyzed only one of the mechanisms, or the reduced-form relationship between forest cover change and water purification costs (Donohue et al., n.d.;O'Dwyer et al., 2013;Abildtrup et al., 2013Abildtrup et al., , 2015Curtis and Morgenroth, 2014;Mcdonald et al., 2016;Vincent et al., 2016;Lopes et al., 2019;Westling et al., 2020;Mulatu et al., 2020). Few previous studies have integrated the mechanisms linking forest cover change, water quality, and water purification costs (Fiquepron et al., 2013;Singh and Mishra, 2014;Cunha et al., 2016;Knowler et al., 2017;Westling et al., 2020). We use a panel data empirical strategy that allows us to isolate the effects of forest cover from the observable and non-observable features of treatment plants. ...
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... Thus, changes in LUCC have markedly affected ecosystem services worldwide (Polasky et al., 2011). For example, LUCC modifies the surface terrestrial biogeochemical cycle (Lambin and Ehrlich, 1997), and research has been conducted on the links between LUCC and ecosystem services including nutrient cycling, climate regulation (Zhao et al., 2004;Peng et al., 2006;Li et al., 2007), soil carbon (Collard and Zammit, 2006), water availability and regulation (Schroter et al., 2005;Fiquepron et al., 2013), and recreation and aesthetic value (Nahuelhual et al., 2014). This previous research has provided vital insights and guidance to land and environmental managers (Hao et al., 2012). ...
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... Despite worldwide conservation efforts, areas covered by native grasslands, forests, and wetlands are continuously replaced by croplands, tree plantations, and urban areas, and only a few landscapes remain relatively undisturbed globally [12][13][14]. Such changes can have a large impact on status of the world's ecosystems and the services they can provide [13,[15][16][17][18]. For instance, the conversion of forest or grassland into farmland can increase the provision of food production at the expense of land capacity for carbon sequestration, indicating ecological degradation [18]. ...
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... Los tipos de coberturas que se tienen en las ciudades tienen un efecto en el régimen de evapotranspiración y en la generación e inicio de la escorrentía superficial (Fohrer et al., 2000). Es muy importante que temáticas relacionadas con el cambio de uso del suelo se discutan en las políticas públicas, en donde se aborden aspectos como; las opciones sustentables del uso de la tierra y el incentivo a la conservación del bosque, como por ejemplo, la creación de un sistema de pago por servicios ambientales urbanos, con el objeto de no perder los recursos forestales en las ciudades (Fiquepron et al., 2013;Jullian, 2016). ...
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... Fiquepron et al. (2013) developed a cost-based econometric model to assess the benefits provided by forests in France in terms of improved water quality, estimating that on average 1 ha of afforestation would generate a saving for French domestic users of around 22€/user/year (in 2004 euros).Abildtrup et al. (2013) developed a spatial econometric analysis of the effect of forest land use on the cost of drinking water supply in Vosges, France, and found a reduction in household water bills ranging between 99 and 138 €/ha/year (in 2008 euros) of new forest.Box 5. Example of valuation of the water cycle regulation service provided by the protection of strategic groundwater resources for the future. ...
... Ces deux mécanismes régulent la quantité d'eau qui ruisselle, diminuant le risque de crue et de sécheresse. La forêt contrôle aussi la qualité de l'eau (Fiquepron et al., 2013;Vincent et al., 2016) en diminuant l'érosion du sol grâce aux racines qui maintiennent le sol en place (Myers, 1996). De plus, la présence d'un système racinaire profond et d'un humus avec une abondante micro et macro-faune augmente la porosité du sol et sa conductivité hydraulique ce qui permet de diminuer le ruissellement de surface et donc d'augmenter la filtration par le sol de ces eaux (Neary et al., 2009). ...
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... Le modèle complet est schématisé par la Figure 1. À partir de mesures de paramètres de qualité qui ont été identifiés comme les plus problématiques (pesticides et nitrates), Fiquepron et al. (2013) estiment la relation de causalité de différentes utilisations des terres (forêt, prairies permanentes, grandes cultures céréalières, viticulture et arboriculture) mais aussi du nombre de bovins et de porcins par ha, sur la qualité de l'eau, elle-même impactant les coûts d'AEP ainsi que le mode de gestion publique ou déléguée (souvent choisi au regard de la complexité de l'exploitation du service). Cet exercice d'évaluation monétaire des externalités produites par les usages du sol, réalisé à l'échelle de la France, montre que la forêt a un effet positif sur la qualité de l'eau brute par rapport aux autres usages du sol, avec comme effet indirect la baisse des coûts de l'eau. ...
... Dudley & Stolton, 2003;Fiquepron et al., 2013;Giri & Qiu, 2016;Jackson et al., 2004;Lockaby et al., 2013). Although the total amount of forest area has stabilized in recent decades in the U.S. (D'Annunzio et al., 2015) after earlier considerable decline (Oswalt et al., 2019), forested lands are predicted to decline again in the future as the population grows (Wear et al., 2013). ...
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... In the hilly region country like Nepal, changes in the land use activities followed by upstream communities can contribute changes in water quality and quantity (Achet and Fleming 2006). This is because of deforestation and forest degradation can influence in evapotranspiration, water flows, water pollution (Ellison et al. 2012;Fiquepron et al. 2013). Vegetative measures where considered to be more effective for the conservation of watershed resource, but need user group involvement for long-term maintenance (Fleming 2009). ...
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... However, the gains generated are complemented by a decline in other ES that constitutes 82.4% out of the 17 individual ES considered in this research work, which is provided by the natural habitats. These findings align with numerous study reports worldwide Fiquepron et al., 2013;Kindu et al., 2016b;Nahuelhual et al., 2014;Tolessa et al., 2021) that concluded expansion of human-dominated land-uses such as agricultural land and settlement areas are negatively affecting the provision of other ES. The decline in an area of certain natural habitats could further affect the contribution of individual ecosystem services. ...
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... Les interactions entre le cycle de l'eau et la forêt sont multiples et concernent différents services écosystémiques (Fiquepron et al. 2013 ;Nisbet et al. 2011 ;Otto 1998 ;Piégay et al. 2003). Il s'agit notamment de : ...
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... Through their multifunctionality and biodiversity, forests provide numerous ecosystem services that benefit people for well-being and increase the quality of life (Cudlin et al. 2013). Environmental and climate change over time, determined by the need to change the use of forested land, including management, have substantial effects on the services they provide (Fiquepron et al. 2013, Furst et al. 2013. The services provided by forest ecosystems and how they are affected by environmental changes have been insufficiently evaluated on a large scale in an integrated way (Cudlin et al. 2013). ...
... Vegetation restoration significantly affects the hydrological and erosion processes, thereby affecting the migration and transformation of nitrogen. Forestland has a positive effect on river water quality compared to a mix of forestland and a built environment (Fiquepron et al. 2013). ...
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... Accordingly, if the situation of agricultural lands continues in this way in the future, it will contribute to the increase of underground water resources, and thus, it is expected that the water class will continue to expand. Compared to other land uses like urbanized areas or arable land, forests offer lower runoff (Adhikari et al., 2002;Fiquepron et al., 2013;Sikka & Selvi, 2005). The areal expansion experienced or likely to be experienced in the forest areas will feed the underground water resources by reducing the precipitation regime and lowering the transmission of precipitation waters to the surface flow. ...
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For several reasons the conversion of mono-species into mixed-species forests is presently a major concern of forest management and policy in Central Europe. Although it is possible to show a clear trend in favour of mixed-species forests, private forest owners and some forest economists have often not favoured mixed forests, assuming that they are less profitable. The trend towards mixed forests seems mainly for ecological reasons, while sound economic analysis of mixed forests is still rare. Based on this background the objective of the study is to answer the following four questions: (1) Does the yield of mixed-species forests differ from that of pure forests? (2) Does the mixing of tree species influence the ecological stability of forests? (3) Is the economic value of a mixed forest less than that of a monoculture? (4) How do forest economic models integrate the findings on yield and ecological stability of mixed forests? To answer these questions a literature review was conducted on the possible impacts of mixed-species forests. In comparison to pure stands a greater yield is not necessarily given in mixed stands. Yet, mixed-species stands are better able to compensate disturbances than monocultures. Moreover, there is substantial evidence that mixed-species stands are more resistant against biotic and abiotic disturbances. Applying an extended forest economic model, it was possible to demonstrate that mixing large blocks of native broadleaf species into pure conifer forests may lead to a significant reduction of financial risk. From a risk-averse perspective the economic value of a mixed-species forest may thus be greater than that of a mono-species forest. Yet, it became clear that forest economists do not often integrate the research findings on yield and ecological stability of mixed stands in modelling, but rather apply simple bioeconomic modelling. Moreover, in the context of mixed forests economists also largely ignore even classical financial approaches, which consider risk and risk preferences. We concluded that forest economics has to close substantial research gaps. Firstly, the knowledge of how to integrate biophysical properties of mixed forests in bioeconomic modelling is still an open question. Secondly, forest economists have to adopt the modern approaches of financial theory and management science to value mixed forests.
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Temperate forests in the Southern Hemisphere provide ecosystem services of local and global importance such as internal nutrient cycling, soil protection, biodiversity conservation, climate regulation, and water supply. Under a scenario of global climatic change, water supply represents one of the most relevant of these forest environmental services. In this paper we estimated the economic value of Chilean temperate forests as they contribute to maintain fresh water supply, which in turn supports the production of drinkable water for cities. The study was carried out in the Valdivian Rainforest Ecoregion, in Llancahue watershed, which supplies fresh water to one of the main cities in Southern Chile. Using monthly time series from January 1995 to December 2003, we applied the change in productivity method to derive economic value estimates per cubic meter of water, per household, and per hectare accounting for changes in economic value during summer versus the rest of the year. The economic values per cubic meter were USD 0.066 and USD 0.025 for summer and rest of the year, respectively. The values per household equaled USD 15.4 in the summer and USD 5.8 for the rest of the year. The economic benefits per hectare of native forests were equal to USD 162.4 for summer period and USD 61.2 for the rest of the year.
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Under a scenario of global climate change, the water conservation function of Beijing's forest ecosystems has attracted considerable public attention. In this paper, the term of water conservation is described as a comprehensive regulation of forests on water resources through various hydrological processes, and grouped into three services, i.e., rainfall interception, soil water storage and fresh water provision. On the basis of Beijing's forest resource survey data and mathematical simulations, the function and the economic value of water conservation was estimated. The result showed that, the forest ecosystems of Beijing could intercept approximately 1.43 billion cubic meters of rainfall and 277.82 million cubic meters of soil water under ideal conditions, and supply 286.67 million cubic meters of fresh water, their economic values were estimated to be about 2.77 billion RMB(Chinese Currency, 8.28RMB = US$1), 2.15 billion RMB, and 315.33 million RMB, respectively. The total economic value of water conservation provided by Beijing's forests was 5.23 billion RMB, and the economic benefit per hectare was equal to 5704 RMB. Furthermore, the spatial variation of water conservation functions and the monetary values of the main forest ecosystems in different locations in Beijing were analyzed, and the effects of water conservation provided by the forest ecosystem on the development of society and economy in Beijing were discussed. This work contributes to the realization and preservation of forest resources in Beijing.
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This national-scale, watershed-level analysis provides an empirical assessment of land use impacts on water quality and aquatic ecosystems in the United States. Results suggest that the level of conventional water pollution in a watershed is significantly affected by the amount of land allocated to intensive agriculture and urban development, while the level of toxic water pollution is significantly affected by the amount of land allocated to transportation and mining. We examine the relationship between land use, water quality, and aquatic species extinction and discuss the implications of the results for the design and implementation of the water quality trading policy.
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Non-contaminated drinking water may become a scarce resource in the future. In that case, forest watersheds will play a significant role in ensuring the supply of clean drinking water. However, forest management affects this supply considerably. Christmas tree production is an important income generator in Danish forestry but is also a significant contributor to non-point contamination of groundwater resources because of its application of fertiliser and pesticides. This paper analyses the decision to convert a natural or semi-natural forest into Christmas tree production, when groundwater contamination is irreversible and future returns on non-contaminated groundwater resources and Christmas tree production are uncertain. It is concluded that conventional expected net present value analysis which treats conversion as a ‘now or never’ decision, may not lead to an optimal decision rule. It is shown how the option to postpone conversion and acquire new information should be included. Application of an option value approach shows that the optimal decision strategy is more conservative when the option to postpone is recognised, i.e. option value analysis prescribes that the return on Christmas tree production should be higher to justify conversion. An empirical example shows that when using option value analysis the return on Christmas tree production should increase by more than 100% to justify conversion. Moreover, it is shown that the economic value of a natural forest may increase by more than 12% when the option value is included.
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