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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Economic Value of a Tree

Professor T.M Das from the University of Calcutta was the first person who tried to estimate the monetary value of a Tree. His paper was published in Indian Biologist, Vol XI, No. 1-2, 1979. By considering all the outputs and natural resources provided by a Tree Prof T.M. Das has estimated the "Value of a Tree that Lives for 50 years" in monetary terms.

According to Professor T.M Das, a Tree that lives for 50 years: 

  • Generates Oxygen worth $ 31,250.
  • Prevents Soil Erosion worth $ 31,500
  • Creates $ 62,000 worth of Air Pollution control.
  • Provides home to Animals, Birds, and Insects worth $ 31,250
  • Recycles $ 37,500 Worth of Water.
  • Summing all these values, the total value of a tree that lives for 50 years is $ 193,250. This is roughly around Rs. 1,30,00,000 i.e Rs. 1.3 crores.
This Figure does not include the value of the Shade, Timber, Flowers, Fruits and other natural resources provided by the Tree. This gives us another reason to stop cutting trees down.

Imagine If Trees gave free WiFi, we'd all be planting trees but too bad they only give us Oxygen and we all now the fact that we can survive without WiFi but not without Oxygen. It is impossible to obtain the exact figure of the number off trees cut down per year in the world but based on few theories, an attempt made by the environmental experts, it is assumed that around 3 to 6 billion trees are cut down every year all around the world. This has to be stopped since "the forests are the lungs of Earth", there end would mean our end.

Conclusion : Stop cutting Trees . Plant more trees . Save Our Planet

"Key to generate a Green Planet is in Our Hands".