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The cost of conserving livestock diversity? Incentive measures and conservation options for maintaining indigenous Pelón pigs in Yucatan, Mexico

Pattison, J, Drucker, A and Anderson, S (2007). The cost of conserving livestock diversity? Incentive measures and conservation options for maintaining indigenous Pelon pigs in Yucatan, Mexico. Tropical Animal Health and Production,39(5):339-353.

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Title The cost of conserving livestock diversity? Incentive measures and conservation options for maintaining indigenous Pelon pigs in Yucatan, Mexico
Author Pattison, J
Drucker, A
Anderson, S
Journal Name Tropical Animal Health and Production
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 39
Issue Number 5
ISSN 0049-4747   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-34447646863
Start Page 339
End Page 353
Total Pages 15
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Springer Publishing Company
Field of Research 0707 - Veterinary Sciences
1402 - Applied Economics
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract In the Mexican state of Yucatan the Pelon pig breed has been identified as being endangered. The gradual disappearance of this indigenous breed that is able to survive well in an extreme environment and under low-input conditions undermines food and livestock security for Yucatan's rural poor. This study uses contingent valuation to identify those backyard pig producers who require least compensation to conserve the Pelon breed. Understanding the conditions under which livestock keepers most committed to the use of the indigenous breed would be willing to participate in different conservation scenarios allows for a comparative analysis of alternate conservation schemes, in terms of cost and breed population growth. The findings suggest that establishing a community-based conservation scheme could be sufficient to ensure that the Pelon pig reaches a 'not at risk' extinction status. Alternatively, establishing open-nucleus breeding schemes would result in a higher effective population size, but at relatively greater cost. We conclude that for the specific case of the Pelon pig in Yucatan, Mexico, if effectively designed, the cost of conservation and sustainable use strategies may be little more than the cost of facilitating access to the animal genetic resource for those most reliant upon it.
Keywords biodiversity
conservation strategies
genetic resources
livelihoods
livestock
animal genetic resources
economic valuation
breeds
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11250-007-9022-4   (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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