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The Total Economic Value of the wetlands in a European Region
Proceedings of the International Conference on "Multi Functions of Wetland Systems" (2007)
  • Daniel Franco
  • Ilda Mannino
  • Laura Favero
  • Erika Mattiuzzo
Abstract
The Contingent Valuation Method was used to elicit willingness to pay an annual tax to preserve the Region of Veneto (Italy) wetlands. The Total Econom ic Value of the regional wetlands was evaluated by means of a survey. The respondents were representative of the regional population in terms of spatial proximity to wetlands, socio-cultural membership, rural/urban distribution, and demographic and socio-economic characteristics. The mean value obtained was 62.12 €/year/family. The analysis of the social awareness of the multiple wetland functions was performed using a multivariate logit model, which suggested a clear perception of some functions (recreation and habitat), and a weak perception of other “environmental based” functions (water depuration, flood protection, etc.). The Total Economic Value was statistically explained by several expected variables for this kind of estimation (income level, study level, membership of interest groups), but not by the variables related to the awareness of the wetlands environmental functions (water reservoir, flood control, yields production, barrier against weather events, depuration). Given the growing role of wetlands in water resource management, a stronger public information-training effort on the multiple wetlands goods and services seems urgent.
Keywords
  • Contingent Valuation Method,
  • wetlands,
  • willingness to pay
Publication Date
Summer June, 2007
Editor
Borin, M., Bacelle, S. (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on "Multi Functions of Wetland Systems" Legnaro, Padova (Italy), 26-29 June 2007. P.A.N.s.r.l. Ed., Italia. pp: 36-37. ISBN-978-88-902948-0-8
Publisher
P.A.N.s.r.l. Ed.,
ISBN
-978-88-902948-0-8
Citation Information
Daniel Franco, Ilda Mannino, Laura Favero and Erika Mattiuzzo. "The Total Economic Value of the wetlands in a European Region" Padova, ItaliaProceedings of the International Conference on "Multi Functions of Wetland Systems" (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/daniel_franco/3/