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Threatened bird valuation in Australia

Zander, Kerstin K., Ainsworth, Gillian B., Meyerhoff, Juergen and Garnett, Stephen T. (2014). Threatened bird valuation in Australia. PLoS ONE,9(6 - Article No. e100411).

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Title Threatened bird valuation in Australia
Author Zander, Kerstin K.
Ainsworth, Gillian B.
Meyerhoff, Juergen
Garnett, Stephen T.
Journal Name PLoS ONE
Publication Date 2014-06-23
Volume Number 9
Issue Number 6 - Article No. e100411
ISSN 1932-6203   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84903525773
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher Public Library of Science
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Threatened species programs need a social license to justify public funding. A contingent valuation survey of a broadly representative sample of the Australian public found that almost two thirds (63%) supported funding of threatened bird conservation. These included 45% of a sample of 645 respondents willing to pay into a fund for threatened bird conservation, 3% who already supported bird conservation in another form, and 15% who could not afford to pay into a conservation fund but who nevertheless thought that humans have a moral obligation to protect threatened birds. Only 6% explicitly opposed such payments. Respondents were willing to pay about AUD 11 annually into a conservation fund (median value), including those who would pay nothing. Highest values were offered by young or middle aged men, and those with knowledge of birds and those with an emotional response to encountering an endangered bird. However, the prospect of a bird going extinct alarmed almost everybody, even most of those inclined to put the interests of people ahead of birds and those who resent the way threatened species sometimes hold up development. The results suggest that funding for threatened birds has widespread popular support among the Australian population. Conservatively they would be willing to pay about AUD 14 million per year, and realistically about AUD 70 million, which is substantially more than the AUD 10 million currently thought to be required to prevent Australian bird extinctions.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0100411   (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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