Farmers' willingness to provide ecosystem services and effects of their spatial distribution

Broch, Stine Wamberg, Strange, Niels, Jacobsen, Jette B. and Wilson, Kerrie A. (2013) Farmers' willingness to provide ecosystem services and effects of their spatial distribution. Ecological Economics, 92 78-86. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2011.12.017

Author Broch, Stine Wamberg
Strange, Niels
Jacobsen, Jette B.
Wilson, Kerrie A.
Title Farmers' willingness to provide ecosystem services and effects of their spatial distribution
Journal name Ecological Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0921-8009
Publication date 2013-08
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2011.12.017
Volume 92
Start page 78
End page 86
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The supply of ecosystem goods and services is spatially heterogeneous and the provision of such goods and services is also influenced by landowners' willingness to provide. This is particularly the case in countries such as Denmark where many properties are privately owned. However, little attention has previously been given to the relationship between farmers' willingness to provide a good or service and the spatial heterogeneity associated with their demand. In this study farmers' willingness to participate in afforestation contracts are investigated using a choice experiment of various contracts with the purpose to provide: groundwater protection, biodiversity conservation or recreation. We employ a random parameter logit model to analyse the relationship between farmers' preferences for afforestation purposes and the spatial variables; groundwater interests, species richness, human population density, forest cover and hunting. The results show that increasing human population density significantly increases farmers' required compensation with respect to recreational activities. Furthermore, there is a significant effect of hunting which decreases compensation required by the farmers to enter an afforestation project. The share of groundwater and forest cover does not significantly influence preferences. We conclude that spatial variations should be considered when designing conservation policies.
Keyword Biodiversity
Choice experiments
Preference modelling
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 19 January 2012.

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