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Assessing the total economic value of threatened livestock breeds in Italy: Implications for conservation policy

Zander, Kerstin K., Signorello, Giovanni, De Salvo, Maria, Gandini, Gustavo and Drucker, Adam G. (2013). Assessing the total economic value of threatened livestock breeds in Italy: Implications for conservation policy. Ecological Economics,93:219-229.

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Title Assessing the total economic value of threatened livestock breeds in Italy: Implications for conservation policy
Author Zander, Kerstin K.
Signorello, Giovanni
De Salvo, Maria
Gandini, Gustavo
Drucker, Adam G.
Journal Name Ecological Economics
Publication Date 2013
Volume Number 93
ISSN 1873-6106   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84879595467
Start Page 219
End Page 229
Total Pages 11
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract The total economic value (TEV) of two threatened Italian cattle breeds (Modicana and Maremmana) was investigated using a choice experiment survey. Most respondents (85%) support breed conservation, their stated willingness-to-pay easily justifying EU support. The high landscape maintenance, existence and future option values of both breeds (around 80% of their TEVs) suggest that incentives mechanisms are indeed needed in order to allow farmers to capture some of these public good values and hence motivate them to undertake conservation-related activities. The positive direct use values of both breeds (around 20% of their TEVs) imply that niche product markets aimed at enhancing the private good values associated with conservation could also form elements of a conservation and use strategy for these breeds.

Keywords Agrobiodiverstiy
Animal genetic resources
Choice experiment
European traditional livestock breeds
Rural Development Plans
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.06.002   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
Additional Notes Accepted version pages 1-44.


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