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Title: Payments for environmental services to strengthen ecosystem connectivity in an agricultural landscape
Contributor(s): Bateman, Laura (author); Yi, Dale (author); Cacho, Oscar J  (author)orcid ; Stringer, Randy (author)
Publication Date: 2018-12
Early Online Version: 2018-08-03
DOI: 10.1017/S1355770X1800030X
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Abstract: This article investigates the use of payments for environmental services to support a wildlife corridor between two Priority Tiger Conservation Landscapes in central Sumatra, Indonesia. Several hundred smallholders operate within a Protection Forest linking the Tiger Conservation Landscapes. This study explores the willingness of these smallholders to accept a payment requiring them to forgo access to their land for five years. In addition to asking households directly what they would be willing to accept (WTA), we also ask them to infer what their neighbour would accept. The study finds evidence of hypothetical bias in the conventional WTA values, with a statistically significant difference between what people say they would be willing to accept when surveyed, compared to what they say would actually be willing to accept in a ‘real life’ situation. We show how inferred valuation techniques can mitigate against this.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Environment and Development Economics, 23(6), p. 635-654
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1355-770X
Field of Research (FOR): 140201 Agricultural Economics
140205 Environment and Resource Economics
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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