When successful conservation breeds conflict: an economic perspective on wild goose management

MacMillan, Douglas C. and Leader-Williams, Nigel (2008) When successful conservation breeds conflict: an economic perspective on wild goose management. Bird Conservation International, 18 (Supple). S200-S210. ISSN 0959-2709 . (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

Wild bird conservation in the UK is a widely regarded as a success story. The populations of many endangered species have grown or at least stabilised, birds that were last seen in the UK over loo years ago have been successfully re-introduced, and bird watching makes an increasingly important contribution to the rural economy in terms of employment and income. Nevertheless, some wild birds also generate costs and some deep rooted conflicts persist with other rural activities such as farming and game shooting. This paper describes a conceptual framework for understanding the costs and benefits of wild birds and, using wild goose conservation in the island of Islay as a case study, explores whether continued public investment in wild goose conservation is worthwhile from an economic perspective. The paper concludes with a discussion about future options for integrating wild bird conservation with sustainable rural development.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Douglas MacMillan
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2009 11:25
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 13:04
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/18060 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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