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GDP of the Poor: estimates for ecosystem-service dependence

Poverty often occurs when links between ecosystem services and human well-being have been damaged or broken. Healthy ecosystems are ‘the wealth of the poor’. It has been estimated that ecosystem services and other non- marketed goods make up between 50 and 90 per cent of the total source of livelihoods among poor rural and forest-dwelling households – the so-called ‘GDP of the poor’ (TEEB 2010). This contrasts with various national GDP figures where, for the most part, agriculture, forestry and fisheries account for between 6 and 17 per cent of overall GDP.
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