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Are Bilateral Conservation Policies for the Białowieża Forest Unattainable? Analysis of Stated Preferences of Polish and Belarusian Public

Sviataslau Valasiuk (), Mikolaj Czajkowski (), Marek Giergiczny, Tomasz Żylicz (), Knut Veisten (), Marine Elbakidze () and Per Angelstam ()
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Sviataslau Valasiuk: Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw
Tomasz Żylicz: Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw
Knut Veisten: Institute of Transport Economics, Oslo
Marine Elbakidze: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; Forest-Landscape-Society Network
Per Angelstam: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; Forest-Landscape-Society Network

No 2017-09, Working Papers from Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw

Abstract: Transboundary nature protected areas constitute a considerable proportion of all the existing spatial forms of biodiversity protection. There is a considerable literature on allocation of funds to preserving nature shared by several countries, though less research on the economic benefits that citizens attach to protected transboundary land nature on the other side of the border. We are trying to find out and compare preferences towards increased protection of domestic and foreign segments of the Białowieża Forest, stated by samples of Polish and Belarusian citizens. Whilst Poles on average are willing to pay for an increased passive protection, on their side of the border, most Belarusians seem to be satisfied with the status quo. There is even an apparent mutual disutility derived from the perspective of co-financing bilateral passive protection programmes in the Białowieża Forest. The results can to some extent be explained by a strict border division, by differences in welfare or by behavioural reasons.

Keywords: transboundary nature protected areas; passive protection; discrete choice experiment; willingness-to-pay; latent class model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q23 Q28 Q51 Q57 Q58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017
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