The demand of urban residents for the biodiversity conservation in U Minh Thuong National Park, Vietnam

Huynh Viet Khai, Mitsuyasu Yabe

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The total economic value of biodiversity provides policy-makers reliable information to estimate welfare losses caused by biodiversity reductions and perform cost-benefit analysis of biodiversity conservation projects. Searching literature reviews on economic-valuation techniques, the contingent valuation (CV) method has been popularly applied to estimate the economic value of biodiversity. This approach is based on a hypothetical scenario in which respondents are requested through questionnaires to reveal their maximum willingness to pay (WTP) for biodiversity conservation. The article used CV to study the Mekong Delta urban households’ preferences and their willingness to pay for the program of biodiversity conservation in U Minh Thuong National Park, one of the largest peat swamp forests in Vietnam. Logistic regression was used to predict the probability of respondents willing to pay for the conservation program. The mean WTP was calculated approximately VND16,510 ($0.78) per household per month for all respondents and about VND31,520 ($1.49) after excluding the protest zero and scenario rejecting respondents. Aggregately, Mekong Delta urban residents agreed to contribute about $10.97 million annually for the project of biodiversity conservation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10
JournalAgricultural and Food Economics
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2014

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Vietnam
Biodiversity
national parks
biodiversity
willingness to pay
economic valuation
contingent valuation
Economics
households
cost benefit analysis
Wetlands
conservation programs
swamps
Recreational Parks
Biodiversity conservation
National parks
Residents
Administrative Personnel
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Cost-Benefit Analysis

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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The demand of urban residents for the biodiversity conservation in U Minh Thuong National Park, Vietnam. / Khai, Huynh Viet; Yabe, Mitsuyasu.

In: Agricultural and Food Economics, Vol. 2, No. 1, 10, 01.12.2014.

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