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Ecological-Economic Analysis of Wetlands

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  • R.K. Turner

    (CSERGE, University of East Anglia, Norwich, University College London)

  • J.C.J.M. van den Bergh

    ()
    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • A. Barendregt

    (University of Utrecht)

  • E. Maltby

    (RHIER, University of London)

Abstract

Wetlands all over the world have been lost or are threatened in spite of various international agreements and national policies. This is caused by: (1) the public nature of many wetlands products and services; (2) user externalities imposed on other stakeholders; and (3) policy intervention failures that are due to a lack of consistency among government policies in different areas (economics, environment, nature protection, physical planning, etc.). All three causes are related to information failures which in turn can be linked to the complexity and ‘invisibility’ of spatial relationships among groundwater, surface water and wetland vegetation. Integrated wetland research combining social and natural sciences can help in part to solve the information failure to achieve the required consistency across various government policies. An integrated wetland research framework suggests that a combination of economic valuation, integrated modelling, stakeholder analysis, and multi-criteria evaluation can provide complementary insights into sustainable and welfare-optimising wetland management and policy. Subsequently, each of the various components of such integrated wetland research is reviewed and related to wetland management policy.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 98-050/3.

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Date of creation: 20 May 1998
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:19980050

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Keywords: Cost-benefit analysis; Ecological-economic wetland modelling; Valuation of wetland goods and services; Hydrology; Multi-criteria evaluation; Stakeholders;

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  1. Ing-Marie Gren & Carl Folke & Kerry Turner & Ian Batemen, 1994. "Primary and secondary values of wetland ecosystems," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 4(1), pages 55-74, February.
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  1. Turner, R. Kerry & van den Bergh, Jeroen C. J. M. & Soderqvist, Tore & Barendregt, Aat & van der Straaten, Jan & Maltby, Edward & van Ierland, Ekko C., 2000. "Ecological-economic analysis of wetlands: scientific integration for management and policy," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 35(1), pages 7-23, October.
  2. Lucia Vergano & Paulo A.L.D. Nunes, 2006. "Analysis and Evaluation of Ecosystem Resilience: An Economic Perspective," Working Papers 2006.25, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  3. Eppink, Florian V. & van den Bergh, Jeroen C.J.M. & Rietveld, Piet, 2004. "Modelling biodiversity and land use: urban growth, agriculture and nature in a wetland area," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 51(3-4), pages 201-216, December.
  4. Turpie, Jane & Day, Elizabeth & Ross-Gillespie, Vere & Louw, Anton, 2010. "Estimation of the Water Quality Amelioration Value of Wetlands: A Study of the Western Cape, South Africa," Discussion Papers dp-10-15-efd, Resources For the Future.
  5. Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh & Peter Nijkamp, 1998. "Advances in Environmental Economics: Analysis and Modelling," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 98-094/3, Tinbergen Institute.

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