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Title: An analysis of willingness to pay for community-based conservation activities at the Ghodaghodi Lake Complex, Nepal
Contributor(s): Lamsal, Pramod (author); Atreya, Kishor (author); Pant, Krishna P (author); Kumar, Lalit  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/21513732.2015.1055338Open Access Link
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Abstract: Wetlands comprise an important ecosystem but are under threat in developing countries due to increasing human encroachment. Community-based conservation is an approach for sustainable management of the wetlands near settlements. This study investigated willingness to pay of local people for community-based conservation activities and the variables affecting it in the Ghodaghodi Lake Complex, Nepal. A sample of 217 households residing near the lake complex was surveyed. The result showed that households were willing to pay for community-based conservation activities, at an average of NPR 378 (US$5.4) per annum. The age of the household head, wetland income, agricultural income and prior experiences on participation in conservation activities positively affected household's willingness to pay. Government expenditure of at least the amount of willingness to pay estimated by this study for the community-based conservation activities would be economically and environmentally justified.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, 11(4), p. 341-348
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Place of Publication: Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
ISSN: 2151-3732
Field of Research (FOR): 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
050205 Environmental Management
050206 Environmental Monitoring
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection
960606 Rights to Environmental and Natural Resources (excl. Water Allocation)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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