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Financing threatened species management: the costs of single species programmes and the budget constraint


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  • Moran, Emma
  • Cullen, Ross
  • Hughey, Kenneth F.D.


In New Zealand total annual funding allows 15 percent of the 2,400 threatened species to be targeted for management. Although management costs are crucial to a conservation organisation's ability to achieve its goals, estimates of costs are not usually included in applications for funding or the preparation of recovery plans. Cost is also not generally a factor in priority ranking systems and cost-effectiveness analysis is rarely conducted. Using the results of analysis of 11 single species programmes for 2003-2012, this paper investigates the costs of management. It also considers the impact of the budget constraint on outcomes, cost-effectiveness, and investment.

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Paper provided by New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its series 2005 Conference, August 26-27, 2005, Nelson, New Zealand with number 98498.

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Date of creation: Aug 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ags:nzar05:98498

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Keywords: threatened species; management; cost; budget constraint; Agricultural and Food Policy; Environmental Economics and Policy; Land Economics/Use; Research Methods/ Statistical Methods; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy;


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  1. Gardner M. Brown & Jason F. Shogren, 1998. "Economics of the Endangered Species Act," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 12(3), pages 3-20, Summer.
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  1. Doelle, Sebastian, 2012. "Evaluation of predator-proof fenced biodiversity projects," 2012 Conference (56th), February 7-10, 2012, Freemantle, Australia 124289, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.


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