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Agriculture, Environmental Services and Agro-Tourism in the Dominican Republic

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  • Catalino, Alejandro Herrera
  • Lizardo, Magdalena
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    This paper analyzes the links between agriculture and tourism. A contingent valuation study assesses tourist's willingness to pay (WTP) for agro-tourism and agriculture's positive environmental services and related positive externalities. The paper analyzes factors influencing tourist preferences in the Dominican Republic (DR) -- tourist income, the local tourist destination, sex, and nationality stand out among these factors. Estimates are given for different WTP scenarios according to farming systems. The study argues that a well developed agro-tourism industry would result in a market mechanism generating additional income of US $251 to US $364 million annually. Agro-tourist activities would have the added benefit of promoting sustainable agricultural practices.

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    Article provided by Food and Agriculture Organization, Agricultural and Development Economics Division in its journal eJADE: electronic Journal of Agricultural and Development Economics.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:ejadef:12008

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    Keywords: agriculture; Dominican Republic; contingent valuation; environment; tourism; Environmental Economics and Policy; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy;

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    1. Sonja S. Teelucksingh & Paulo A.L.D. Nunes, 2010. "Biodiversity Valuation in Developing Countries: A Focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)," Working Papers 2010.111, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.

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