Does policy process influence public values for forest-water resource protection in Florida?

Francisco Javier Escobedo, Melissa M. Kreye, Damian C. Adams, Jose R Soto

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Forest ecosystems play a critical role in protecting water resources; yet the neoclassical stated preference assumption is that willingness-to-pay (WTP) for forest conservation is solely a function of the ecosystem services provided by these lands. Thus, little attention has been paid to the importance of policy processes as potentially influential drivers of WTP. Using a statewide web-based survey in Florida US and a relatively novel valuation approach (i.e., Best-Worst Choice), we examine public preferences for clean water benefits (e.g., recreation, drinking water resources) as well as common conservation policy processes, such as land acquisition and financial assistance for landowners. We found forest/water protection programs provide an annual average of $154-230 million in clean water benefits, and a significant portion of that value was associated with the policy process. Attitudes and beliefs about whom forests should be managed for, and who should manage forests, were also found to influence WTP behaviors. We conclude that including policy process information in the valuation survey allows respondents to better determine changes in utility among realistic policy alternatives. Our findings have important implications for WTP estimation techniques and public participation in environmental policy design.
Idioma originalEnglish (US)
Páginas (desde-hasta)122-131
Número de páginas9
PublicaciónEcological Economics
Volumen129
DOI
EstadoPublished - 2016

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forest resource
water resource
valuation
landowner
ecosystem service
environmental policy
forest ecosystem
drinking water
water
policy
public
Water resources
Policy process
Public value
Willingness-to-pay
Water
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Escobedo, Francisco Javier ; Kreye, Melissa M. ; Adams, Damian C. ; Soto, Jose R. / Does policy process influence public values for forest-water resource protection in Florida?. En: Ecological Economics. 2016 ; Vol. 129. pp. 122-131.
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Does policy process influence public values for forest-water resource protection in Florida? / Escobedo, Francisco Javier; Kreye, Melissa M.; Adams, Damian C.; Soto, Jose R.

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Resultado de la investigación: Contribución a RevistaArtículo

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