Conserving Asian elephants: Economic issues illustrated by Sri Lankan concerns

Bandara, Ranjith and Tisdell, Clem (2001). Conserving Asian elephants: Economic issues illustrated by Sri Lankan concerns. Working Papers on Economics, Ecology and Environment 59, School of Economics, University of Queensland.

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Author Bandara, Ranjith
Tisdell, Clem
Title Conserving Asian elephants: Economic issues illustrated by Sri Lankan concerns
School, Department or Centre School of Economics
Institution University of Queensland
Open Access Status Other
Series Working Papers on Economics, Ecology and Environment
Report Number 59
Publication date 2001-06-01
Start page 1
End page 27
Total pages 27
Language eng
Subject 0501 Ecological Applications
1402 Applied Economics
Abstract/Summary Provides background on the nature and status of the Asian elephant Elephas maximus and compares it with the African elephant Loxodonta africana. An overview is also provided of the literature that considers economic issues involved in the conservation of elephants and it is found that much more attention is given to the African elephant than the Asian one, even though populations of Asian elephants may be in greater danger. The analysis then focuses on Sri Lanka, as a case study, and outlines the decline in wild elephant populations in this country, and considers reasons for it. It's pointed out that elephants are a mixed economic good, and the total economic value of Asian elephants is discussed. Pitfalls of total economic valuation analysis are noted. These are pertinent to the conservation of elephants because elephants have both positive and negative attributes and human management of their population involves cost. The question is then taken up of whether Sri Lanka's present protected areas have the capacity to ensure the survival of its population of wild elephants. It is found that they do not have this capacity, and that the long-term survival of its wild elephant populations depends on them being able to use protected areas as well as private land. So the long-term conservation of wild elephants calls for integrated policies involving both public and private landholders. This is true for many mobile
Keyword Asian Elephant
Elephas Maximus
Sri Lanka

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