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Ecosystem services’ values and improved revenue collection for regional protected areas

Mauro Masiero, Cristiano Franceschinis, Stefania Mattea, Mara Thiene, Davide Pettenella and Riccardo Scarpa

Ecosystem Services, 2018, vol. 34, issue PA, 136-153

Abstract: The management of conservation areas is a costly enterprise, especially vulnerable to budget cutting when austerity measures are being considered. Optimal spatial taxation dictates that tax-payers contribute proportionally to the benefits they receive. This paper provides a framework to derive spatially varied benefit estimates for ecosystem services produced in Natura 2000 protected areas of Lombardy (Italy). These may be used as a framework for spatially optimised taxation to improve the efficiency of public funding. In the process we used non-market valuation techniques, as well as benefit functions’ transfer.

Keywords: Natura 2000; Protected areas; Ecosystem services; Choice experiment; Benefit transfer; Lombardy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2018.10.012

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