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Valuing the Recreational Benefits From the Creation of Nature Reserves in Irish Forests

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  • Riccardo Scarpa

    (Universita' degli Studi della Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy and Centre for Research on Environmental Appraisal and Management (CREAM), University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom)

  • Susan M. Chilton

    (CASPER, Department of Economics, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom)

  • W. George Hutchinson

    (Department of Agricultural and Food Economics, Queens University Belfast, United Kingdom)

  • Joseph Buongiorno

    (Department of Forest Ecology and Management, University of Wisconsin, Madison, United States of America)

Abstract

Data from a large-scale contingent valuation study are used to investigate the effects of forest attributes on willingness to pay for forest recreation in Ireland. In particular, the presence of a nature reserve in the forest is found to significantly increase the visitors' willingness to pay. A random utility model is used to estimate the welfare change associated with the creation of nature reserves in all the Irish forests currently without one. The yearly impact on visitors' economic welfare of new nature reserves approaches half a million pounds per annum, exclusive of non recreational values.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 1999.11.

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Keywords: Non-market valuation; Contingent valuation; Forest attributes analysis; Nature reserves.;

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