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Valuing insurance services emerging from a gene bank: The case of the Greek Gene Bank

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  • Xepapadeas, Anastasios
  • Ralli, Parthenopi
  • Kougea, Eva
  • Spyrou, Sofia
  • Stavropoulos, Nikolaos
  • Tsiaousi, Vasiliki
  • Tsivelikas, Athanasios

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We develop a conceptual framework for determining insurance values associated with a gene bank and we apply the methodology to the Greek Gene Bank (GGB), the largest ex situ conservation program in Greece. To evaluate the insurance value generated by the holdings of the GGB genetic resources, the current study examined scenarios for alternative arrival probabilities of an adverse event that would negatively affect production of seven major staple crops held at the GGB within the next 100years. Within the range of our estimates, it is indicated that insurance values considerably exceed the current operating costs of maintaining the GGB.

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  • Xepapadeas, Anastasios & Ralli, Parthenopi & Kougea, Eva & Spyrou, Sofia & Stavropoulos, Nikolaos & Tsiaousi, Vasiliki & Tsivelikas, Athanasios, 2014. "Valuing insurance services emerging from a gene bank: The case of the Greek Gene Bank," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 97(C), pages 140-149.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:97:y:2014:i:c:p:140-149
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.11.012
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    1. Nicholas Tyack & Milan Scasny, 2018. "Estimating the Value of Crop Diversity Conservation Services Provided by the Czech National Programme for Agrobiodiversity," Working Papers IES 2018/09, Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies, revised Apr 2018.

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