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Farmers’ Demand for Recycled Wastewater in Cyprus: A Contingent Valuation Approach


  • Ekin Birol

    () (Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK)

  • Phoebe Koundouri
  • Yiannis Kountouris

    (Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK)


This paper employs the contingent valuation (CV) method, to investigate Cypriot farmers’ willingness to adopt a new water resource, namely recycled wastewater, and to estimate farmers’ willingness to pay for varying quantities and qualities of recycled wastewater. A pilot CV study is undertaken with 97 farmers located in the Akrotiri aquifer area in Cyprus, a common-pool water resource with rapidly deteriorating water quality and quantity. The results reveal that farmers are willing to adopt this new water resource, and they derive the highest economic values from a recycled wastewater use program, which provides high quality recycled wastewater, and high water quantity in the aquifer.

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  • Ekin Birol & Phoebe Koundouri & Yiannis Kountouris, 2007. "Farmers’ Demand for Recycled Wastewater in Cyprus: A Contingent Valuation Approach," Environmental Economy and Policy Research Working Papers 24.2007, University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economics, revised 2007.
  • Handle: RePEc:lnd:wpaper:200724

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    1. Halkos, George, 2012. "The use of contingent valuation in assessing marine and coastal ecosystems’ water quality: A review," MPRA Paper 42183, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Storm, Hugo & Heckelei, Thomas & Heidecke, Claudia, 2010. "Demand Estimation for Irrigation Water in the Moroccan Drâa Valley using Contingent Valuation," Discussion Papers 162895, University of Bonn, Institute for Food and Resource Economics.

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    contingent valuation; willingness to pay; water quantity; water quality; recycled wastewater; aquifer recharge;

    JEL classification:

    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q4 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy
    • R4 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics

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