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Title: Tourism and wetland conservation: application of travel cost and willingness to pay an entry fee at Ghodaghodi Lake Complex, Nepal
Contributor(s): Lamsal, Pramod (author); Atreya, Kishor (author); Pant, Krishna Prasad (author); Kumar, Lalit  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/1477-8947.12089Open Access Link
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Abstract: This study investigated the need and applicability of wetland tourism for resource conservation, using the case of Ghodaghodi Lake Complex, a Ramsar Site in western Nepal. The travel cost method (TCM) was used to determine the recreation potential of the lake complex, while the contingent valuation method (CVM) was used to calculate willingness of visitors to pay an entry fee as a payment vehicle for conservation. The per capita travel cost was found to be NPR 540 (US $7.71), while the mean willingness to pay an entry fee was NPR 34 (US $0.48) per visitor per entry. In addition, factors affecting wetland visitation rates and maximum willingness to pay were identified. Policy implications include the establishment of an entry fee system to offset conservation budgetary constraints, government investment in social benefits equating to at least per capita travel cost identified, and public-private partnerships, with community participation in tourism promotion and wetland conservation.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Natural Resources Forum, 40(1-2), p. 51-61
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0165-0203
Field of Research (FOR): 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
050206 Environmental Monitoring
050209 Natural Resource Management
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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