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Title: Ecotourism as a Means of Conserving Wetlands
Authors: Pemberton, Carlisle A.
Mader-Charles, Kathleen
Keywords: benefit-cost analysis
contingent valuation of wetlands
JEL Codes: Q26
Issue Date: 2005-08
Abstract: The Nariva Swamp on the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean is being degraded due to increasing human activity. However, its conservation is desirable, as it is an internationally recognized wetland. The study examined an ecotourism project, with an emphasis on community participation, as a conservation approach to the Swamp, via benefit-cost analysis, where the benefits of conservation were measured by contingent valuation. Contingent valuation showed that the residents of Trinidad were willing to pay an average of $56 for conserving the Swamp. The analysis also showed that ecotourism represents an economically feasible use of ecologically fragile resources of this wetland.
Institution/Association: Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics>Volume 37, Number 02, August 2005
Total Pages: 12
From Page: 463
To Page: 474
Collections:Volume 37, Number 02, August 2005

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