MacMillan, D.C. and Daw, M. and Hanley, N. and Wright, RE (2004) Comparing the marginal costs and benefits of increases and decreases in the populations of endangered species of wild geese. Biological Conservation, 119 (4). pp. 475-485. ISSN 0006-3207.
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This paper applies the cost–benefit analysis framework to the issue of wild geese conservation in Scotland. Wild goose numbers have risen rapidly over the past 30 years, bringing nature conservationists into conflict with farmers whose crops are damaged. We estimate the costs of damage due to goose grazing to farmers in two goose areas, Strathbeg and Islay. Conservation benefits are estimated using a contingent valuation survey of the Scottish population, and we find that benefits outweigh costs by a very considerable margin. This can be seen as providing support for recent UK government moves to compensate farmers in goose areas in order to further conservation.
|Additional information:||The authors thank members of the project steering group – especially Robert Henderson – for very helpful advice. They also thank two anonymous referees for very detailed comments on an earlier draft.|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biodiversity Conservation Group|
|Depositing User:||Douglas MacMillan|
|Date Deposited:||19 Dec 2007 18:04|
|Last Modified:||04 Mar 2013 14:16|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/214 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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