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Valuating intangible benefits from afforested areas: A case study in India

Avinash Jaina, Girish Chandrab and Raman Nautiyalb

Economia Agraria y Recursos Naturales, 2017, vol. Volume 17, issue Number 01

Abstract: Environmental compensation measures usually accompany energy projects. Willingness-To-Pay (WTP) for five intangible benefits derived from afforested areas of a compensatory afforesta-tion programme of National Thermal Power Corporation Dadri are estimated. Conventional Contingent Valuation shows the average WTP € 2.1 per respondent per month with more than 43 % of total WTP for ‘soil conservation and remediation’ and ‘improvement in underground water level’. Logit model method depicts the same order of magnitude but differs significantly at 5 % level for all the benefits. More in-formed decisions upon energy projects and afforestation programs shall help in conserving forests and their ecosystem services.

Keywords: Environmental; Economics; and; Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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