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Influences of Knowledge of Wildlife Species on Patterns of Willingness to pay for their Conservation

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  • Tisdell, Clement A.

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Examines the influence of respondents’ knowledge of wildlife species on their willingness to pay for conservation of the individual species. It does so by using data generated by surveys of 204 individuals who participated in a structured experiment in which their knowledge of a selected set of wildlife species was increased. The species selected were Australian ones, mostly but not entirely, tropical ones. The species were divided into three taxa for the experiment; reptiles, mammals and birds. Each set of species in the taxa included some species expected to be poorly known initially and some anticipated to be well known. Respondents rated their knowledge of each species on a Likert scale, and changes in their average allocation of funds for the conservation of each species were examined as their knowledge increased. Some general relationships are observed.

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Paper provided by University of Queensland, School of Economics in its series Economics, Ecology and Environment Working Papers with number 48972.

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Date of creation: Dec 2003
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Keywords: Australia; contingent valuation; environmental education; environmental valuation; knowledge; wildlife conservation.; Environmental Economics and Policy;

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