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Nature protection in an economically depressed region

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  • Marek Giergiczny

    () (Warsaw Ecological Economics Center, University of Warsaw)

  • Sviataslau Valasiuk

    (Warsaw Ecological Economics Center, University of Warsaw)

  • Tomasz Żylicz

    (Warsaw Ecological Economics Center, University of Warsaw)

Abstract

We look at perspectives of nature protection in a wetland of international importance in South-Western part of Belarus. The region is economically depressed, which may prove to be a factor in local conservation initiatives. A theoretical model is developed to identify conditions for the local population to get involved in the fen mire conservation projects. The model is then verified by means of a choice experiment administered in villages neighbouring the site. The main outcome of the valuation experiments is to demonstrate that a carefully designed conservation programme is likely to enjoy the support of the local population who appreciates economic opportunities provided by saving the wetland.

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  • Marek Giergiczny & Sviataslau Valasiuk & Tomasz Żylicz, 2010. "Nature protection in an economically depressed region," Working Papers 2010-09, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw.
  • Handle: RePEc:war:wpaper:2010-09
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    Keywords

    wetlands; biodiversity protection; local development; ecological tourism; choice experiment (CE); random utility model (RUM);

    JEL classification:

    • Q50 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - General
    • Q51 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Valuation of Environmental Effects

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