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The economic value of environmental services on Indigenous-held lands in Australia

Zander, Kerstin K. and Garnett, Stephen T. (2011). The economic value of environmental services on Indigenous-held lands in Australia. PLoS ONE,6(8):e23154.

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Title The economic value of environmental services on Indigenous-held lands in Australia
Author Zander, Kerstin K.
Garnett, Stephen T.
Journal Name PLoS ONE
Publication Date 2011
Volume Number 6
Issue Number 8
ISSN 1932-6203   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page e23154
Total Pages 6
Editor Clifton, Julian
Place of Publication San Francisco, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Abstract Australians could be willing to pay from $878m to $2b per year for Indigenous people to provide environmental services. This is up to 50 times the amount currently invested by government. This result was derived from a nationwide survey that included a choice experiment in which 70% of the 927 respondents were willing to contribute to a conservation fund that directly pays Indigenous people to carry out conservation activities. Of these the highest values were found for benefits that are likely to improve biodiversity outcomes, carbon emission reductions and improved recreational values. Of the activities that could be undertaken to provide the services, feral animal control attracted the highest level of support followed by coastal surveillance, weed control and fire management. Respondents’ decisions to pay were not greatly influenced by the additional social benefits that can arise for Indigenous people spending time on country and providing the services, although there was approval for reduced welfare payments that might arise.
Keywords environmental services
Indigenous-held land
conservation
nationwide survey
Australia
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/ journal.pone.0023154   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)


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