Can economic incentives resolve conservation conflict: The case of wild deer management and habitat conservation in the Scottish highlands

MacMillan, Douglas C. and Phillip, Sharon (2010) Can economic incentives resolve conservation conflict: The case of wild deer management and habitat conservation in the Scottish highlands. Human Ecology, 38 (4). pp. 485-493. ISSN 0300-7839. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10745-010-9332-4

Abstract

Market-based economic incentives are increasingly perceived as a cost-effective approach to biodiversity conservation but empirical evidence to substantiate this claim is lacking. Using both qualitative and quantitative data analysis this paper investigates the potential role of market incentives to increase venison production as a mechanism to resolve conflicts over wild red deer management in the Scottish Highlands. Our analysis suggests the approach is unlikely to be effective because investments in venison production would bring conflict with more important non-pecuniary objectives of landownership such as ‘sporting quality’ and ‘exclusivity’. At a broader level we urge caution when considering the deployment of economic instruments to resolve contemporary conservation conflicts where profit maximisation is not the dominant objective and/or where the target group is extremely wealthy.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Douglas MacMillan
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 12:31
Last Modified: 30 May 2014 08:33
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30886 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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