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Nature protection in an economically depressed region

Marek Giergiczny, Sviataslau Valasiuk and Tomasz Zylicz
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Sviataslau Valasiuk: Warsaw Ecological Economics Center, University of Warsaw

No 2010-09, Working Papers from Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw

Abstract: We look at perspectives of nature protection in a wetland of international importance in South-Western part of Belarus. The region is economically depressed, which may prove to be a factor in local conservation initiatives. A theoretical model is developed to identify conditions for the local population to get involved in the fen mire conservation projects. The model is then verified by means of a choice experiment administered in villages neighbouring the site. The main outcome of the valuation experiments is to demonstrate that a carefully designed conservation programme is likely to enjoy the support of the local population who appreciates economic opportunities provided by saving the wetland.

Keywords: wetlands; biodiversity protection; local development; ecological tourism; choice experiment (CE); random utility model (RUM) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q50 Q51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 18 pages
Date: 2010
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