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Valuing Environmental Functions: Tropical Wetlands

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  • Edward B. Barbier

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Recent studies have suggested that tropical wetland systems may have a crucial economic role to play in development. The following paper provides an overview of these benefits, using the general framework of cost-benefit analysis as the methodological approach to assessing wetland values. An analysis of trade-offs between conserving or converting tropical wetlands demonstrates that taking into account the opportunity cost of wetland loss leads to a lower level of conversion than would otherwise be the case. Finally, the paper discusses the extensions and limitations of the production function approach as applied to valuing nonmarketed wetland benefits.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 70 (1994)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 155-173

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:70:y:1994:i:2:p:155-173

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