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The Connection between Biodiversity and Well-Being: A New Zealand Case Study

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  • Richard Yao

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    (University of Waikato)

  • Pamela Kaval

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    (University of Waikato)

Abstract

The link between human well-being and biodiversity has not been well studied and was therefore the goal of this research project. Focus was placed on an increase in New Zealand native biodiversity, by an increase in the number of native trees and shrubs being planted on public lands. An increase in well-being occurred in response to an increase in native biodiversity for urban residents that have lived in their current home for less than six years. Responses were also affected by household income, whether a person was self employed and their level of education. We believe this information will be useful in targeting future community participants for voluntary biodiversity projects.

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Paper provided by University of Waikato, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 09/02.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 28 Feb 2009
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Handle: RePEc:wai:econwp:09/02

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Keywords: native biodiversity; New Zealand; well-being; utility; community volunteers;

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  1. Ambrey, Christopher L. & Fleming, Christopher M., 2011. "Valuing Ecosystem Diversity in South East Queensland: A Life Satisfaction Approach," 2011 Conference, August 25-26, 2011, Nelson, New Zealand 115347, New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

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