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Trade-offs between development, culture and conservation - Willingness to pay for tropical river management among urban Australians

Zander, Kerstin K., Garnett, Stephen T. and Straton, Anna (2010). Trade-offs between development, culture and conservation - Willingness to pay for tropical river management among urban Australians. Journal of Environmental Management,91(12):2519-2528.

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Title Trade-offs between development, culture and conservation - Willingness to pay for tropical river management among urban Australians
Author Zander, Kerstin K.
Garnett, Stephen T.
Straton, Anna
Journal Name Journal of Environmental Management
Publication Date 2010
Volume Number 91
Issue Number 12
ISSN 1095-8630   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-77956877154
Start Page 2519
End Page 2528
Total Pages 10
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Australia's system of tropical rivers constitutes one of the largest and least changed drainage networks in the world. However increasing demand for water in parts of Australia, along with ongoing drought, is driving pressure to develop these rivers. This paper reports the results of a choice experiment (CE) to assess the benefits of different management strategies for three tropical rivers in northern Australia: the Daly, Mitchell and Fitzroy Rivers. The CE was carried out using a survey mailed to Australian urban populations. The results showed that 90% of Australians were willing to pay a once-off payment for the management of tropical rivers. Respondents who had visited or lived near the rivers were willing to pay more for cultural, recreational and environmental services than those who had not. Respondents classed as 'developers', who made up only 4% of the 684 respondents, considered a substantial income from irrigated agriculture as important. Unlike 'environmentalists' and 'neutrals', 'developers' were unwilling to pay for high quality recreational fishing or for having floodplains in good environmental condition. All groups, however, were willing to pay for high cultural values.
Keywords Australia
Choice experiment
Compensating surplus
Ecosystem services
Recreational values
Tropical rivers
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.07.012   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
Additional Notes Accepted manuscript pages 1-39.


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